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Orangery of the Château de Versailles

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Built between 1683 and 1685 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the Orangery is one of the finest architectural achievements of Château de Versailles. The main 156 metres (510ft) long gallery, with a barrel vault ceiling is impressive in proportion and stereotomy – the art of assembling stones. It is also used to house the orange trees during winter.

Several remarkable sculptures are presented there, notably the full-length statue of Louis XIV by Martin Desjardins; the original of Louis XIV as Marcus Curtius, by Bernini and François Girardon and the group The Rape of Proserpina, sculpted between 1674 and 1695 by Girardon.

The Orangery is majestic cathedral at the heart of the French garden (Petit Parc of the Estate of Versailles), both royal and unusual. During high season, exceptional events are organised in the the Orangery, like the Château de Versailles Grand Masked Ball, which attracts 2500 guests and revives this immense building to the sound of today’s music. It is also the venue for concerts and musical events.


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