More curiosities of my Versailles!!!

helloo, more of me and petit creativity genious hard to choose titles and oh well, I stick with the stories and fables of travel, the very best. I had to climb some stairs today and thought of ideas for the blog so here are some stairs and a bit of trivia information on the Palace/museum of Versailles, sometimes known as the Château de Versailles , but this only covers one building, and the whole is known as the Domaine de Versailles.

Let me start with some figures on it just to give an idea of what it is and even better was.

I do not think had mentioned earlier in my blog but what folks see today is a miniature of what it was the Domaine de Versailles, the whole property that includes the Palance, Trianons, Hameau, gardens , Orangerie etc. Today this is about 642 ha,(about 1586 acres) enclosed by walls, under king Louis XIV its area was around 5000 ha!(about 12355 acres).

It, also has 16 doors or gates to give access to the area. These are grille d’honneur, the grille Dufour , the two grilles of the Hundred Marches stair, the grille du Mail, the grille des Matelots, porte de la Ménagerie, porte de la ferme de la Ménagerie, grille de l’Agronomique, porte de la ferme Bailly, porte de Bailly, porte du Muséum, porte Saint-Antoine, grille du boulevard de la Reine, grille du Dragon , and the grille de la Chapelle. In the Royal period it had even more such as the Porte de Saint Cyr where I came now to find some veggies and fruit on the Ferme de Gally.

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The Grand Canal is occupy by 24 ha measuring 1650 meters by 62 meters and 1070 meters by 80 meters for the transverse arm, average depth is 2 meters. On the other side of the road or ave de l’Orangerie after given way to the Route de Saint Cyr or road D10, you can see the pièce d’eau des Suisses or Swiss pond this has a total area of 16 ha with dimensions of 682 meters by 234 meters, depth 2.5 meters.

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The Domaine de Versailles has 47 pools, including 26 in the palace grounds and 21 in the Trianon area. 5.56 ha is the floor area of the Palace of Versailles, as for its roofs, all buildings combined, this represents 11 ha. 415 meters, represents the length of the facade on the gardens 670 meters developed, if one counts the returns of the central body. 20 meters is the average height of the Palace of Versailles, compared to 44 meters for the Chapelle Royale and 35 meters for the Opera Royale.

You have 67 stairs in the Palace, 16 of them also serve the roof. About 100 clocks are wound every Monday by the Palace clockmaker, which obviously does not give the number of clocks present at the castle. The Domaine de Versailles has 352 chimneys today while in 1789 there were 1252! About 700 is the number of rooms in the palace and finally it has 2153 windows.

And some interesting stairs is one that goes into the Salon des Nobles or Nobility room. Lots of historical figures walked by here folks. The living room of the Nobles is the antichambre under Queen Marie-Thérèse, it is in this room that Queen Marie Leszczinska granted her solemn audiences, seated under a canopy. She also held her circle there, as this talk time with the ladies of the court was called. Queen Marie-Antoinette had the decoration entirely redone, retaining only the ceiling paintings, and for her, the walls were stretched out in apple-green damask bordered with a large gold braid.

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Versailles stair to salon des nobles jun15

Other more easily seen from the outside is the Hundred Steps stair seen from the beforementioned roads.

The two Stairs of the Cent Marshes or hundred steps of the Palace of Versailles frame the central gallery of the Orangerie. Two smaller side galleries are located under these stairs. The one hundred steps stair is in fact 103   and 105 steps whose proportions (13 cm x 39.5 cm or about 5,1 by 16.6 inches)) accommodate the steps wonderfully, to the point that it is as easy to climb as to descend. Two return galleries end under the monumental staircases of the Cent-Marches which act as buttresses to the whole. The walls, 4 to 5 meters thick (about 13 to 16.5 feet), the double glazing of the bays and the exposure to the South allow to maintain the winter a temperature which does not drop below 5 ° C or about 41F.

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There you go folks, you need time even to see this Domaine, I know many travel books tells you it can be done in one day even two days, but if you want to soak fully the history and architecture of this Domaine de Versailles you need a week! Well i used to lived there and it took me several visits to see it all.

Hope you enjoy the post on my favorite city of France, Versailles. And the most beautiful palace in the world, the Palace/museum of Versailles.

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

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