Monday, 25 August 2014

L'hôtel de la guerre I

Hôtel de la guerre Versailles
In all these years, VDP has never yet shown you one of the most beautiful doorways of the city. This is the recently restored door of Louis XVth's 'hôtel de la guerre' or war ministry. It was built between 1759 and 1760 to plans by Jean-Baptiste Berthier. It stands beside another part of the grand building with another gorgeous door which VDP had shown you here and was built on land that used to be Louis XIIIth's kitchen garden. It was later used as military school.

Depuis toutes ces années, VDP ne vous avait jamais encore montré l'un des plus beaux portails de la ville, celui de l'ancien hôtel de la guerre de Louis XV, édifié entre 1759 et 1760 sur des plans de Jean-Baptiste Berthier et restauré relativement récemment. Il se situe à côté d'une autre partie du bâtiment, dotée d'un portail tout aussi splendide et que VDP vous avait montré ici. Il fut construit sur ce qui fut le potager de Louis XIII et devint ultérieurement école militaire.
Hôtel de la guerre Versailles
Hôtel de la guerre Versailles
Hôtel de la guerre Versailles

23 comments:

Revrunner said...

Fancy door for a military school.

Bob Crowe said...

From what you've told me and I've read online, we should prepare for la guerre when we get to the palace. The official website, though, says the crowds drop a lot after the first of September.

William Kendall said...

It is beautiful!

maryaustria said...

These are great photos! Wonderful details!

Taken For Granted said...

That is a fine looking doorway, but it must be on the right building. It would just look silly on my house. Thank you for the post and history lesson.

Michelle said...

Very grand and intricate.

RedPat said...

It is so beautiful, Ciel!

Randy said...

Awesome details.

Jack said...

It is just stupefying that after all this time, there are still gorgeous places in Versailles that you have not yet been able to show us!

Stuart said...

This Louis was not known for his subtlety. What a magnificent doorway.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Wow, they don't build them like that any more!

Bergson said...

c'est le soleil versaillais
quelle chance

llandudnopictures said...

The details are amazingly intricate!

EG CameraGirl said...

Magnificent!

Birdman said...

I agree: a grand entrance.

Sharon Anck said...

Wow, that is spectacular.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful details !

VP said...

Magnificent details! Blue sky, shadows: it looks like a real August...

Loree said...

It id, indeed, a beautiful doorway.

Thérèse said...

Tu avais bien sur attendu la restauration pour nous la montrer. C'est surement plus joli en photo, restauree.

Stefan Jansson said...

Impressive work.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thanks for the fabulous detail shots Ciel, the arch entrance is very impressive .

José Mendonça said...

What gorgeous stone work!