Salon d’Apollon or Salle du Trône ,Versailles of course!

So I am coming back again to my beloved old home of Versailles. What can I say when you are lucky enough to lived there for almost 10 years and worked in Paris.… Well I have come back several times and have many posts on it in my blog. However, there are areas missing a bit more of it me think.

This is the case with a nice living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or more commonly call by us locals… as the Throne room or Salle du Trône. Let me tell you a bit more on it ok

The Salon d’Apollon or living room of Apollo is also, known as the Salle du Trône or room of the throne. It is inside the wonderful beautiful palace/museum of  Versailles, holding its name from the ceiling representing Apollo on its chariot. The living room of Apollo is located on the first floor of the Château de Versailles, in the King’s large apartments. It is adjacent to the mercury and war rooms (Salon de Mercure et Salon de la Guerre).

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Serving as the King’s room from 1673 to 1682 and then as the Throne room as soon as the king and the court settled in Versailles, the king granted his ordinary hearings here. The room was also reserved for dancing during the evenings of apartments.

The living room of Apollo is dedicated to the Greek god, god of the Sun, to whom the Sun King identified himself. Commissioned by king Louis XIV, the ceiling is a painting by Charles de la Fosse which represents Apollo on his chariot dragged by four couriers, accompanied by the figures of France, the Magnanimity and Magnificence and the procession of the seasons figured by Flora, Ceres, Bacchus and Saturn in the center.

The covings represent Porus led in front of Alexander, Coriolanus raising the Siege of Rome at the request of his mother, Vespasian raising the Colosseum in Rome, and   Augustus building the port of Miseno . The four continents are represented in the four angles of the ceiling.

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The chimney was surmounted by the portrait standing of king Louis XIV in a royal suit, wearing the insignia given to the Kings on the day of their coronation. Painted in 1701 by Hyacinthe Rigaud to illustrate the power of the king and his natural majesty. This portrait is now preserved at the Louvre museum, a copy replaces the original in the living room of Apollo. In front of the painting is a portrait of king Louis XVI.

The living room of Apollo or Salon d’Apollon or Salle du Trône  was restored last in 2014.

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Salle du trone king Louis XVI special exhibition

The official Palace/museum webpage has a bit more on it. Chateau de Versailles on the Apollo Room

The whole place is magical and to think it was once practically my backyard literally used to play and jog with my boys in the gardens! magical sublime nostalgia setting in and vacation time is coming to plan lol!  Versailles is it. Enjoy the post and thanks for stopping by.

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

 

One Comment to “Salon d’Apollon or Salle du Trône ,Versailles of course!”

  1. Still one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. It should be on everybody’s bucket list.

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