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It is difficult to imagine the Palace of Versailles without its garden. The garden defines Versailles as much as the palace. The garden is huge. Unless you live in Paris you are unlike to visit all the fountains, the avenues and the groves. The garden is as much as a sculpture garden as it is as a water garden. There are many sculptures and most of them are copies or modelled from ancient Greek sculptures. The Apollo theme run through the entire garden. Starting at the Latona Fountain when he was a boy. Slaining the dragon when he was a young man, hence the Dragon Fountain. Finally in his popular role as the Sun God, driving his flaming chariot across the sky. The Apollo fountain is the focal point. It is as important to the garden as the Hall of Mirror to the palace. It connects the Sun King, Louis XIV with the Ancient Greek Sun God of Apollo. Thus connect the glory of the Sun King with the glory of Ancient Greece.
Versailles The GardenAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. First created 28 Oct 2012. Version 1.0 - 6 Nov 2012. Jerry Tse. London .
Plan Grand Canal Apollo Fountain.Groves & Gardens Royal Avenue Water Parterre Latona Fountain. Swiss Lake Neptune Fountain. Orangery Dragon Fountain. South Parterre Water Avenue The Palace North Parterre
OrangeryThe garden was replanted recently with exotic trees to bring back its original appearance.
The view of the Orangery before replanting. Beyond is the Swiss Lake.
Latona FountainLatona had to run away from Juno (wife of Jupiter) with her children. She came across some Lycean peasants whorefused to give her any water and stirred up the mud in the well. In her anger she turned these peasants into frogs,alligators and turtles.
Latona Fountain Latona with her son Apollo by her side.
The Royal Avenue and Palace‘s Garden Façade The End All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective Music – The Water Music – Alla Hornpipe by owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal George Frederic Handel. use.