Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Le grand commun rénové

 The Great Commons building, right next to the palace on Avenue of the American Independence, was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart to house the king's staff and administration as well as army officers. It was later used as a military hospital in the XIXth and XXth centuries. It has undergone renovation which is now almost finished! (VDP had shown it to you during renovation works here).

Le Grand Commun, construit au XVIIè siècle par Jules Hardouin-Mansart, situé à proximité immédiate du château sur l'avenue de l'indépendance Américaine, abritait le personnel de la cour ainsi que l'administration et des officiers. Il fut transformé en hôpital militaire du XIXè au XXè siècle. (VDP vous l'avait montré pendant les travaux de restauration ici.)

 The façade on avenue de l'Indépendance Américaine and the strange cupola on the roof.

La façade de l'avenue de l'indépendance américaine et l'étrange coupole sur le toit.

22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent building and great history! Terrific captures as always, Ciel! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!

William Kendall said...

That building's splendid to behold. The details of the exterior are exquisite, Ciel.

Jack said...

Ciel, the ornamentation on this building is almost unimaginable. Gorgeous!

Sharon Anck said...

I love all those carvings around the entrance to this building. Beautiful.

Those ice cream flavors you mentioned sound unusual and delicious!

Michelle said...

Such intricate detail.

Randy said...

Fancy timepiece and nice building.

Bob Crowe said...

It may be renewed but it hasn't lost any of it's character. Sometimes I wonder about the decorative human features like those around the clock. Okay, the putti are traditional, but what's the face at the top supposed to represent?

Cezar and Léia said...

The clock is wonderful! I really love the building architecture, the gate is fantastic and you prepare a great article here.

Karl Demetz said...

Splendid building, I like the clock!

llandudnopictures said...

That's an amazing looking clock, wonderful detail!

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting to see the minutes as well well as the hours on the clock. So much detail!

Tanya Breese said...

amazing all that detail!

Halcyon said...

Very nice! Looks like the renovations have been well worth it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I agree with Bob.. The renovation has been tres sensitively achieved Ciel.. amazing fascade!

LOLfromPasa said...

The detail is perfection. Most interesting clock face tiles.

VP said...

A great building and the clock is superb!

Bergson said...

je le trouve pas si commun que ça

RedPat said...

Wow - I must come there one day!

Lois said...

That is such a grand looking building! I love that clock.

José Mendonça said...

Absolutely gorgous!

Stefan Jansson said...

Beautiful.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Quite beautiful!

~Lindy