Palace of Versailles
The royal road: From Monte Cristo to the “Roi Soleil!
1h30 to take time to contemplate these wonderful sites that have made The History of France. A royal road leading to one of the finest estates in France ... with Paris in the background.
The Cergy-Pontoise agglomeration
A bustling agglomeration composed by twelve cities, Cergy-Pontoise, presents:
- Major Axis: the iconic place of Cergy-Pontoise, which offers stunning views of the loop of the Oise and Paris. Major Axis represents the identity of the new city.
- Port Cergy is a lively area with terraces, pubs, cafes and restaurants around the marina.
- The sports and entertainment Center. 250 acres of water surface and a vast area of nature that are open to you and offer a multitude of sports.
Capital of skippers, the city remains a dear home port to sailors. The pedestrian streets of the old city is waiting for you for a ride to discover the most beautiful panoramas of the city.
Bordered on one side by the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and the other, by the Seine and the Old Bridge, Poissy enjoys a prestigious history through the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, which saw the birth of Louis IX (later St. Louis)
A walk through the ages can extend to the Villa Savoye, the architect Le Corbusier designed and built between 1928 and 1931 and at the town hall (1937).
The city homes the castle of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas residence and park.
Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon
Built at the request of Louis XIV by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the exterior of the building is pink marble. The building overlooks a set of French gardens and pools,
Louis XIV used to say: "I made Versailles for my court, Marly for my friends and Trianon for me. »
In 1762, King Louis XV asked his chief architect to build a castle of a new type, which provides a view of the various gardens. Countess Du Barry, who succeeded as mistress of Louis XV to the Marquise de Pompadour, opened the castle in 1769.
Palace of Versailles
Louis XIV installed the Court and Government of France. Until the French Revolution, kings have succeeded, beautifying the Palace.
Part of Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité, since 30 years, Palace of Versailles is one of the finest achievements of French art in the seventeenth century.
Gardens of Versailles
The park of Versailles extends over 800 hectares.
In this fully fenced, there are several monuments, such as: the Palace of Versailles, Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon, the Hameau de la Reine, and French gardens of Versailles created by André Le Nôtre.
Main attractions of the gardens: 2000 pools and fountains, 1700 are active (especially days of the Great musical waters shows !
Ponds and fountains
The water supply represents is an important technical challenge in the reign of Louis XIV, with everery day increasing needs. The park offers 30 miles of lead pipes or cast iron. A tank was on the flat roofs of the castle. The water flowed by gravity to the gardens located below.
A whole system of hydraulic structures has been created and constantly expanded between 1663 and 1685 to provide the necessary water, first from a nearby pond and from the Seine.
2013 The Le Nôtre year
The 400th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect André Le Nôtre.
Gardener of King Louis XIV from 1645 to 1700 he was responsible for designing the layout of the park and gardens of Versailles, but also that of Vaux-le-Vicomte (for Nicolas Fouquet) and Chantilly (for the Grand Condé) .