Museum promenade/Aqueduct Marly-le-Roi

And here I am back into my old home ground, in the Yvelines dept 78 of the ïle de France region. This is heavens ,history, architecture and good views all over. I have seen a lot but just touching the surface, there is so much more to see in my belle France!

I like to tell you about a walk, promenade, that became a museum. About an idea of an aqueduct that became just a dream, and about impressionists painters, some of the best all in one area. This is Marly-le-roi and Louveciennes town areas of the Yvelines. I passed by them often and even visited friends at Marly-le-roi. Not to mention walked these places of history and beautiful quaint villages/towns.

The museum is exceptionally close. Reopening scheduled for fall 2019. More here: Musée Promenade of Marly le roi

Marly le roi

You will cross the national domain of Marly-le-Roi. Although today there is nothing left of the castle of the time, pavilions and basins built for king Louis XIV, the estate retains a royal charm with its many aisles, its statues and the remains of the old buildings. You can pass through it, visit the Musée-Promenade de Marly-le-Roi-Louveciennes The museum traces and illustrates, with the help of an interactive model of the estate and its collections fine arts, archaeology and decorative arts, the splendour of the ancient residence of the Sun King. Models and technical objects present the famous machine of Marly, admirable hydraulic prowess, built under king Louis XIV to supply water to the fountains of Marly and Versailles.

Marly le roi

A room is dedicated to the favorite of king Louis XV, Madame du Barry, and to Madame Vigée Lebrun, portraitist of Marie-Antoinette, both residents of  Louveciennes. The museum regularly offers temporary exhibitions, animations, guided tours, lectures, concerts…etc.

Think of going back down to the village in front of the sublime place de l’Abreuvoir which served as a diverting the waters of the gardens of the estate. Now to the banks of the Seine river, whose changing and dazzling colours attracted many painters: Corot, Sisley, Pissaro, all painted these recognizable views from Port-Marly. Many have come to settle there to enjoy the tranquility of this pretty town on the banks of the Seine. Follow the banks of the Seine, and you will discover the representations of the most beautiful impressionist paintings, posed, at the same place where the painters laid their easels! In the program Le village de Voisins (neighbors) painted by Pissarro in 1872, the « Barrage de la Machine de Marly » (Dam ) by Alfred Sisley or the “Route de Versailles” by Renoir

The aqueduct of Louveciennes, sometimes called the aqueduct of Marly, is a aqueduct bridge built in the 17C during the reign of king Louis XIV. Located in the town of Louveciennes (Bougival also claim it !) in the Yvelines dept 78. It was part of the hydraulic system designed to supply water to the gardens of the Château de Marly and the park of the Château de Versailles from the Seine river. The aqueduct was composed of 36 arches. Its length was 643 meters for a width varying from 2 to 4.4 meters and a height of 10 to 20 meters; a monumental machine, the machine of Marly, located on the Seine river below, at the height of Bougival, pumped the water of the river with the aid of fourteen impellers. By pipes laid on two paved ramps, it made it climb the nearly 150 meters of elevation of Louveciennes Hill. The aqueduct was taken out of service in 1866 and replaced by underground pipes during the Siege of Paris in 1870, the Tower of the Levant served as an observation post to the future Emperor William 1er and to Chancellor Bismarck. This tower was renovated between 1998 and 2000.

Louviciennes

More from the Paris tourist officeTourist office of Paris on the museum promenade

Also, the area tourist office from Seine Saint Germain en Laye (in French) on the promenade : Tourist office Seine SGL on the Promenade Marly

Tourist office Seine SGL on aqueduct of Louveciennes

Therefore, there is a lot more to see than castles here, and you should enjoy it all surrounded by lush surrounding in noble French traditions. Hope you enjoy it as part of your visit to that other famous city nearby….

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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