• LOCATION 52 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Wood of the Domes

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

    Here we find statues of sea and sun encircling a central fountain. I'd like to draw your attention to two of them.

    The first on your left playing a flute, is the shepherd Acis. He's using music to seduce his lover Galatea, the sea nymph third on your left with dolphins at her feet. Later, when the cyclops Polyphemus kills Acis, Galatea changes him into a river spirit so they may remain together forever in the water. These two statues once shared space with those now in Apollo's baths, the first wood we visited. All were initially within the Grotto of Tethys, now long gone.

    When you're done, exit opposite of where you entered, heading north out of the Wood.

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