• LOCATION 54 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    The story of Enceladus

    The story of Enceladus on Versailles, Yvelines audio tour Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Ahead, once you reach the fountain, walk around it as I speak.

    The dramatic sculpture you see here is that of the giant Enceladus, shown four times the size of a mortal man. He is not emerging from the ground, but rather fallen from on high. Incredulity and rage are etched in his face. Violent cries of revenge spew from his lips. What has transpired to put such a robust being in this lowly state?

    In the epic battle for control of the world, the Giants rebelled against the gods. Enceladus stacked mountains on top of one another in an attempt to reach Olympus and de-throne Jupiter. But the king of the gods struck him with a lightening bolt. Enceladus tumbled from the clouds, cursing in a whirlwind of flame and rubble. The maelstrom was so huge, when it fell to the Earth it formed the veritable Mount Etna in Sicily, under which Enceladus is buried forever. Today, from this active volcano, fiery lava erupts in a geyser initiated by the anger of Enceladus, symbolised here by the jet of water from his mouth, reaching 20 meters into the air.

    The obvious message from Louis XIV is that the king is all-powerful. Any attempt to attack the king will fail. Even taking on the airs, to pose like the king, in all your finery and riches, is an affront that won't be tolerated. All usurpers will meet the same fate, falling from their perch to become the lowest of the low. No matter who they are.

    Fourteen years before this statue was created, Nicolas Fouquet got the message. It's an intricate tale with vast implications, so let's take a walk while I share it with you.

    When you're ready, exit the Wood of Enceladus opposite of how you entered.

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Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens