Paris Day 8: Garden of Versailles


On the day that we visited Versailles, the fountain show was on. The fountain show is only available on certain day of the week. So, we decided to visit the Garden of Versailles first.

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The Palace of Versailles portraits the glories of France in the 17th century.

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The entrance to the Garden of Versailles is Euro 9.

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Before we start our exploration of the garden, we found a bench to sit down to enjoy our breakfast which we bought from the farm market.

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We had baguette, cheese, ham and cherries tomatoes.

Here are some of the photos from the garden. It was a huge garden.

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There were a lot of statues in the garden. The bronze statues symbolize the four great sea-going rivers of France and it’s next four principal rivers adorn the Water Parterre. The Greeks and the Romans depicted their rivers in the form of reclining bearded old men, crowned with reeds , holding an oar or a horn of plenty, symbol of the water as a source of wealth.

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The Sun Vase with the head of the sun god Apollo, surrounded by rays of light.

Here are the photos of some of the fountains.

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The above four photos are from the Apollo Fountain. It is inspired by the legend of Apollo, the Sun gold and emblem of the king.

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The above four photos are the Enceladus Grove. It is one of the gardens hidden from view off the Green Carpet.

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The Flora Fountain is made up of a Roman goddess of flowers, gardens and spring. It symbolizes the first season of the year.

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The Pyramid Fountain consists of four superimposed lead bowls supported by lead tritons, dolphins and crayfish.

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The Bath of Diana’s Nymphs receives the overflow of the water from the Pyramid Fountain.

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The Dragon Fountain depicts one of the episodes of the legend of Apollo; the Phython snake killed by an arrow shot by the young Apollo. It is surrounded by dolphins and Cupids armed with bows and arrows riding on swans. The principal water jet rises twenty-seven metres into the air.

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Relatum – The Arch of Versailles by Korean artist Lee Ufan.

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The above two photos are from the Bath of Apollo.

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Citrus trees in the garden.

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We took a tram ride around the garden after exploring most of the fountain shows. We stopped at the Queen’s Palace to have a look. Napoleon had stayed in this palace before.

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A pool table in Marie Antoinette’s Trinon.

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