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|Architect||Andre Le Notre, Louis Le Vau, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Charles Le Brun, Robert de Cotte, Ange-Janques Bagriel||
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|Location||Versailles, France map|
|Date||1661 to 1774 timeline|
|Building Type||royal palace, large house|
|Construction System||cut stone bearing masonry|
|Notes||"Versailles Palace", ro the "Palace of Versailles". The "immense palace" of the king of France, Louis XIV. See also the nearby Le Petit Trianon, and see other works by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Ange-Janques Bagriel.|
|Discussion||Chateau de Versailles Commentary
"When you arrive at Versailles, from the courtyard side you see a wretched, top-heavy building, with a facade seven windows long, surrounded with everything which the imgination could conceive in the way of bad taste. When you see it from the garden side, you see an immense palace whose defects are more than compensated by beauties."
2143 windows, 1252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases. The gardens included roughly 1400 fountains, using water pumped up from the Seine.
The length of the garden front is 670 meters.
The Chapel, one of the last parts built (Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte, 1710), is one of the architectural highlights.
Sources on Chateau de Versailles
Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.
Randall J. Van Vunckt, ed. International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture : Volume 2, Architecture. Detroit: St. James Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55862-087-7. LC 93-13431. NA40.I48 1993. 720'.9-dc20.
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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