Thursday, 19 March 2009

Le Petit Trianon : acte I, scène I

Best known as Marie-Antoinette's haven, the Petit Trianon on what was her estate in the extensive palace grounds, was in fact built by Louis the 15th for his mistress, Madame de Pompadour from 1763 to 1768. Louis the 16th gave it to his wife upon his accession to the throne. It has recently been wonderfully restored and reopened. These, and the upcoming pictures, were taken at Trianon last Sunday.
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Connu pour avoir été le château du domaine de Marie-Antoinette, le Petit Trianon a en fait été construit par Louis XV pour Madame de Pompadour. Il fut érigé entre 1763 et 1768 et donné par Louis XVI à son épouse dès son avènement. Marie-Antoinette le façonna... Il a récemment été merveilleusement restauré. Ces photos et les suivantes ont été prises dimanche dernier.

29 comments:

Barb said...

Oh how I would love to visit,I love history....Barb

Your EG Tour Guide said...

If the gate is any indication, the haven will be spectacular. ;-)

Bob Crowe said...

Oh, yes, this is where Marie Antoinette played fake shepherdess with some tame sheep, isn't it? I didn't know it had been renovated. Hope to see it when we're out your way soon.

Jacob said...

When we visited Versailles, it was absolutely freezing (end of June!), but we walked for an hour and never found this place; then had to rush back to the palace for a tour. Since then we've read much about it (and Marie A) and have seen many photos...

So, next time - we will go there!

Thanks CQ for the photos and reminding me of good memories!

Juergen Kuehn said...

Thats a great palace gateway - excellent captured.

Frankie / Nick said...

Beautiful setting. Must be gorgeous beyond the gate.

Dusty Lens said...

This was closed last April, I look forward to viewing your photos. We did tour the grounds and that little theater.

Arnaud said...

En fait je redécouvre versailles avec toi car je n'ai jamais pris le temps de vraiment visiter ...

DaveM said...

I love old houses and seeing howthey have been restored. I good to know that there are still craftsmen around who have the knowledge and skills to do the work. The National Trust is good for this.

Natural Moments said...

Even the gates in your beautiful country are works of art.

Olivier said...

le détail est majestueux (non royal)

raf said...

That is a striking image, Ciel, of the golden ornamental gate against that intense blue sky!

m_m said...

Great photos! Beautiful place! Nice details!

Catherine said...

Avec un ciel océan pour le mettre en valeur.
C'est superbe.

Carraol said...

Beautiful architecture, the detail is great!

causeries said...

Cela donne envie

JM said...

So the famous Madame was the first to enjoy it! :-) Beautiful detail on the 2nd shot!

B Squared said...

Looks like a great restoration.

Tammie Lee said...

The golds and blues are wonderful together; art made by mixing man made with glorious nature. What a lovely day you had!

Mary Helen said...

beautiful place! I too love History and it would be wonderful to visit this home...

Bergson said...

Superbe grille
Marie Antoinette fais nous la visite

Cezar and Léia said...

Nice place! I would like to visit there!The 2nd picture is great!

Jackie said...

Wow - how the other half live!!

Per Stromsjo said...

Ah, blue and yellow. Enough to make any Swede happy! :)

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

how fun!!! I would love to go there. More importantly, wish I could transport back in time and have a grape or ten with Marie and friends!

Clueless in Boston said...

Love the iron gates. Some of the best I've ever seen.

Neva said...

We saw this but when we were there we could only look through a dusty window as it was not open. I do not remember that it was under reconstruction but maybe it was.....It was a very long way from the some part of the palace......if I recall that correctly!

Steffe said...

Great history here.

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Its entry let us picture how magnificent will be inside