The King's castles

Louis XIV’s most enduring legacy is perhaps the Château de Versailles. Built on a waterlogged marsh, its opulence and the elegant order and symmetry of both the palace and André Le Nôtre’s gardens reflected the order which the Sun King restored to a fractious kingdom. The court became a country within a country, with its own rigid codes of behaviour, politics and intrigues.

Below are links to the King’s castles – those he built, and those he inherited.

Here is an overview of 17th-century French decorative arts.

The blog This is Versailles provides an excellent insight into life at the court.

Versailles on paper: Princeton University Library exhibition (2015).

An insider’s guide to life as a courtier at Versailles (in French – download the app here).



Voltaire Foundation

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