• LOCATION 34 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    To le Bosquet de la Girandole

    As you enter the Wood of the Sconce, you'll see straight ahead a bust of one of the seasons, bundled up in a cloak with a hood. He's the next we'll see in our tour of the seasonal fountains. Walk up to him as I tell you who the city of Paris is named for.

    Son of the King of Troy, Paris starts the Trojan War by judging Venus the fairest of all the goddesses. Venus rewards him by arranging for Paris to marry Helen, but there's only one problem - Helen is already married. Helen’s kidnapping leads the Greeks to unite against Troy and sparks the decade-long Trojan War.

    Don't take the first left at a 90-degree angle, but take the second left at a diagonal, closest to the statue.

    Is Paris the fairest of all the world's cities? Hmmm, let's not start a war, shall we?

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