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As is Herrenchiemsee. The dumprs were put in pipes that ran alongside the pipes that fed bathwater, and then down to the drains in the interior courtyards.


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Some interesting facts about the chateau:

* In 1685, 36000 people and 6000 horses were working on the construction of the chateau.

* The palace has 2000 windows, 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 67 staircases and more than 1700 acres of gardens.

* To provide water to all of the jets and sprays of the 1400 original fountains on the property (only 607 are still working), a sophisticated system was designed that brought 1.6 million gallons of water to the fountaains every hour.

* The King's (and Queen's) daily schedule was one of the few things that was rigidly adhered to. Here is the King's timetable:

08:30am: The Grand Lever
10:00am Mass
11:00am Council
01:00pm Dinner
02:00pm Walking or Hunting
06:00pm Soirees d'Appartement or similar
10:00pm Supper
11:30pm The Grand Coucher

* The chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors hold 1000 candles.

* 'Trianon' was the name of a village that Louis XIV demolished in order to build in its place a house suitable for light refreshments to escape the formality of the palace. It functioned as the residence of his mistress, Mme de Montespan. (A point of interest: Mme. de Montespan was the mother of the Duc de Maine who was granted the governorship over those territories of French Canada, now US territory, comprising the state of Maine.) The Grand Trianon was Louis XVI's favorite place; he preferred to read and work in the relative peace and quiet of the Grand Trianon. Besides he had given the Petit Trianon to Marie Antoinette.

(from varied sources)


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Artois wrote:
Some interesting facts about the chateau:
The Grand Trianon was Louis XVI's favorite place; he preferred to read and work in the relative peace and quiet of the Grand Trianon. Besides he had given the Petit Trianon to Marie Antoinette.


I didn't know that about Louis XVI and the Grand Trianon. I wonder what part of the grand Trianon his rooms were.

Thank you for posting those facts.


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Hi jadean:

The comment about Louis XVI relaxing at the Grand Trianon is from:

http://www.passports.com/trips/cityfact ... Versailles

about 3/4 page down, under 'Grand Trianon'. It surprised me too since a former occupant of the near-by Petit Trianon was Mme DuBarry; I should think Louis would not want to be reminded of her. There goes the neighborhood!

I'm glad you enjoyed thte post.


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I suspect that the Versailles area was a rural paradise in the 1700s when Louis 14th
decided to build his Royal Palace there.
Central Paris with its crowding and squalour must have been pretty claustraphobic
for the Royals and the aristos... especially in the heat of summer.

What a relief to get out into the green countryside and forests and build a magnificent
Royal Palace there with 1700 acres of gardens full of lakes, grottoes and follies.

A place to entertain foreign Kings and delegations...in effect a magnificent Royal City
where Louis the Sun King could rule
over and administer the vast nation of France.

There was no end of tax money to finance the building and when it was finished..
the Royal Palace was magnificent... a delight to the eye...all was elegance and beauty....
The King and the Aristocracy owned and ruled France,
now they had the ultimate symbol of Royal power and authority...
they were safe and secure.... well away from Paris and fear of the mobs.

.... Until that fateful day.... Oct 4th 1789... when 7000 working class women.. angered by
the shortage of bread... marched to Versailles.

Amid scenes of mayhem and horrific violence( that Lafayette failed to prevent.), it ended with
the King , the Queen and the whole Royal Family being taken ... "captive.".. back to Paris...
Alas.....they would never see their beloved Versailles ever again.


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Well this romanticises Versailles just a bit....it is the typical example of man's domination of nature, as in fact the area was far from hospitable and was marshy and full of mosquitoes. Louis XIV transformed this marshland into an extraordinary palace and gardens with the help of the brilliant Le Vaux and Le Nôtre. Don't forget that the Queen removed the sick dauphin from Versailles to Meudon to help his condition as the air was not considered healthy at Versailles.

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iN elevation, Versailles was on higher ground than Paris,
it must have been a wonderful, rural paradise back then in the
1700s


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I went on a private tour of Versailles in June and my tour guide told me that it was a very busy place during the day. Lots of people from the town were there working. I dont think it was very romantic.


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princess_gina wrote:
I went on a private tour of Versailles in June and my tour guide told me that it was a very busy place during the day. Lots of people from the town were there working. I dont think it was very romantic.

Thank you!
Everyone get Paris confused with Versailles. Paris is for lovers. Versailles is is for splendor. What is romantic about a building filled with peasants where people occasionally pee in the corridor!

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Hey! If that's not romance then I don't know what is! :lol:

Sounds quite dreamy walking about the streets of (18th century) Paris with people throwing their excrement and urine out the window yelling "Garde l'eau!" with horse manure and all sorts of lovely squalor right? That is real romance right there! :)

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Hellou_Librorum wrote:
Hey! If that's not romance then I don't know what is! :lol:

Sounds quite dreamy walking about the streets of (18th century) Paris with people throwing their excrement and urine out the window yelling "Garde l'eau!" with horse manure and all sorts of lovely squalor right? That is real romance right there! :)

LOL.
I mean to say Paris is 'considered' the city of love and romance.

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It's my fav palace in the world

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