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Ch√Ęteau de Versailles (Versailles, France)

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View Resource Chateau de Versailles

Generally considered some of the most lavish royal residences in all of Europe, the grounds and buildings at Versailles have existed for close to three hundred and fifty years. While Louis XIII built a small hunting lodge on the site in 1623, the landscape is most closely associated with the Sun King, his son, Louis XIV. The status of Versailles was solidified in 1682 when it became the official...

http://en.chateauversailles.fr/
View Resource Versailles La grotte de Versailles Screenshot

During the reign of Louis XIV, a number of prints and books were created to celebrate the cultural activities of France. One of the most unique documents produced during this period was the 1676 Description de la grotto de Versailles. Engraved chiefly by Jean Le Pautre, these plates represent an architectural grotto built in 1666 adjacent to the palace. Visitors will note that these remarkable...

http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/versailles2