Fêtes Galantes 2017 : a fancy dress evening in the Hall of Mirrors
Dressed in a costume as fine as those worn in Versailles during its finest periods, you are invited to discover the refined and artistic atmosphere of the evening entertainments organized by King Louis XIV, an unforgettable and timeless experience.
Would you like to try baroque dancing and learn with the best dancers? What about performing a magnificent dance with them in the Hall of Mirrors? Would you like to go from the intimate music of a baroque drawing room to the religious atmosphere of the Chapelle Royale, to discover baroque billiard or trictrac the ancestor of backgammon after walking through the Salon d’Hercule, where dancers are celebrating the minuet? The third edition of the Versailles Fêtes Galantes will delight you in every way! During this exceptional evening, the doors of the most beautiful rooms of the palace will open before you for an evening inspired by the glorious times of the Sun King. You will be guided by specialists in love with this exceptional place to discover or rediscover the private apartments: the King’s, Madame du Barry’s or Louis XV’s six daughters – Mesdames. The evening will end with fireworks to be admired from the windows of the Hall of Mirrors after the grand ball.
Thematic 2017 : Peter the Great’s visit to Chateau de Versailles
One of the grandest official receptions of the Ancien Regime was organised for Tsar Peter the Great of Russia who spent two months in France in 1717. It was a decisive step for the diplomatic rapprochement between France and Russia and also for the influence of French arts on Russia. The Tsar admired European culture and especially the French one and extensively visited the magnificent royal buildings from the Tuileries to the Invalides, the Hotel de la Monnaie, the Observatoire and the Gobelins.
The key moment of this trip for Peter the Great – a lover of art, architecture and gardens – was of course his stay in Versailles, King Louis XIV’s magnificent palace with all its treasures, on which he would model Peterhof in St Petersburg, the city he had been building ex nihilo since 1706 to become his capital.
On 29th May 1717, the young Louis XV and the Regent Philippe d’Orléans honoured Peter the Great with an extraordinary official reception in Versailles. The Tsar spent several days after in Versaille, Trianon and Marly. This would leave a lasting imprint and foster long-lasting friendship and admiration between France and Russia.
Three hundred years after this historical event day for day, on Monday 29th May 2017, the founder of modern Russia and its splendours returns to Versailles!
► DRESS CODE
Come dressed in a high quality baroque style costume, which you should already be wearing when entering the gates of the Palace (all guests are to find their costume themselves). No access will be granted to anyone not respecting the appropriate dress code.
A costume suggestion (not compulsory): costumes from the Russian Imperial tradition and more particularly Russian Tsar and Empress costumes.
► CHOOSE YOUR FORMULA !
Marquis and Marchioness ticket (from 135€)
Free access to all sketches and demonstrations, 2 activities of your choice, a glass of champagne and cloakroom.
Dukes and Duchesses ticket (from 260€)
Free access to all sketches and demonstrations, 2 activities of your choice, staged visit of exceptional rooms, unlimited access to buffet and champagne bar and priority cloakroom.
Kings and Queens ticket (from 370€)
Privileged and personalized VIP welcome from 7pm, private visit of the Opera Royal, free access to all sketches and demonstrations, 2 activities of your choice, staged visit of exceptional rooms, unlimited access to buffet with reserved table, champagne and priority cloakroom.