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Plans of the Chateau de Versailles
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Author:  Mique [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:09 pm ]
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Well, since there´s no architecture topic as such, i thought i could post this here. Please tell me if i missed it and should place this somewhere else :)

I´m very interested in finding complete floorplans of the chateau right before the revolution. I mean to know where exactly were located the rooms of the members of the royal family and the courtiers and which was the use of each room. So far, i have only seen plans of the central block or maybe also the wings, but never could find information as to who lived where and etc. Maybe some of you know of a book where i could find that info...

Thanks a lot in advance!!


Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:24 pm ]
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A real detailed plan of Versailles before the revolution... you are requiring there! :lol:
I never had the chance to find one in my books... a plan of the Tuileries and the Temple yes, but Versailles it is not easy... especially before the revolution, because since there was much modification, under Napoleon and Louis-Philippe... :?

Author:  Mique [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:39 pm ]
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Ooops :) I didn´t imagine it was such a difficult task! There must be one such thing in the archives...

I also had plans for the Temple. I think they came from a spanish translation of a book by Lenotre or maybe Castelot...cannot tell for sure right now.

But i have never seen plans of the Tuilleries. I only read the palace was, at the time right before the revolution, a total chaos, sort of neglected, wasn´t it so? Would you please tell me the name of the book with the plans of the Tuilleries?


Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:02 pm ]
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Ah you're right I also think that plans of Versailles are with the archives... but to get them...

I have some plans of the Tuileries and the Temple (but not the plans of all the places I believe) in the edition published in 1877 of the book "Louis XVII, sa vie, son agonie, sa mort" by Beauchesne :wink:

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:03 pm ]
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Did you ever try this site ?
There are a lot of interesting threads in there, and you can also contact people. They are true specialists, and very nice.

Author:  Mique [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:47 pm ]
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Thanks a lot Pimprenelle!! :)

The site looks wonderfully informative. I can´t either speak or write in french, but i´m more or less able to translate, so i will look for the information there.


Author:  Adrienne [ Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:21 pm ]
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There is a book that I've sold a few copies of through this site, "Views and Plans of the Petit Trianon at Versailles" which might help with some references at the very least. You can find it at Amazon :)

Author:  Mique [ Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:48 am ]
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Thanks Adrienne(:-)

I have that book, and i totally love it!! It´s one of the most beautiful volumes i´ve ever owned. In fact, all the books from Emmanuel Ducamp are quite impressive...


Author:  Adrienne [ Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:07 am ]
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Hmmm perhaps we do need an architecture and design topic around here ... that would cater nicely for all arts that are not fine art or literature ... furniture, fashion, buildings and the like ... thanks for the prompt Mique!

Author:  Mique [ Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:33 am ]
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Yes, Adrianne, that could be great.

For the time being, and back to the plans of Versailles, i´ve found references to the publication:

Archives Nationale: Versailles. Dessins D'architecture De La Direction Générale Des Bâtiments Du Roi. Tome I
by Danielle Gallet-Guerne.

It seems a compilation of floorplans and related materials covering the alterations the chateau suffered through the years-at least a certain period. I haven´t yet received it, so cannot give any farther details as to its content.

The second tome, if i remember well, deals with other buildings of the chateau complex, stables and buildings of the ville of Versailles.

Author:  Louis XVI [ Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:06 am ]
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Yes please Adrienne! :lol: I would love to have an 'art/architecture' part of the forum, it was after all a very large part of Marie Antoinette's life.

Author:  Louis XVI [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:30 pm ]
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I did a little searching on line, and stumbled upon these original plans of Versailles c. 1674. I am not sure which wing M.A.'s rooms are, but I believe that they are on the far left side of the building. Hope this helps! ... 6NU0SQLUT5

By the way this website has some beautiful pictures of Versailles its rooms furniture etc. It is a very valuable resource. :D

Author:  Monsieur Andre [ Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:19 am ]
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I have Eyewitness Travel France book and there is a lovely cut away picture of the main palace, and yes, the Queen's apartments are on the far left, the King's in the middle, and Hall of Mirrors along the center of the back. Very great book, you should consider buying it.

Author:  Arianna [ Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:46 am ]
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Thanks for the plan, Louis XVI!
I found a page where was the plan of the Versailles too (first and second floor), but I lost the address...

Author:  Mothling [ Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:46 pm ]
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Oh wow, I am so pleased somebody has brought this topic up!

I must admit, I have a fascination with blueprints and floorplans of buildings! This thread has inspired me to go hunting for them, I shall report back with my findings!

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