The wonderful sights of my dear Versailles !!!

And you can tell ,love the history of the places I go, not just for a pretty picture or nice walk but to know their history and meaning in our world. A complete world traveler and or road warrior indeed. None the least in my dear old home of Versailles,in the Yvelines dept 78 of the Île de France region of my belle FranceTherefore, let me tell you again about the wonderful sights of my dear Versailles !!!. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

I like to bring you back to my dear Versailles , memories forever, they were 9+ wonderful years spent in this marvelous royal city that we will remember forever. I have written plenty on it in my blog, but there is always more more of the City. And from here we came to our new home, always wonderful to stop by my beautiful Versailles !!!

The Cathédrale de Saint Louis is a rock-style church built by the architect Jacques Hardouin-Mansart de Sagonne. It was blessed on August 25, 1754, Saint Louis Day, and chosen as a Cathedral for the creation of the Bishopric of Versailles in 1802, (as the French revolution Concordia did not want to name the Royal Notre Dame Collegiate Church (see post), but was consecrated only in 1843.

Versailles Cat Saint Louis side passing may23

The Grand Commun, or as its official name the Grand Quarré des Offices-Commun , is a building located at 1, rue de l’independence-American and corner of Rue des Recollets Built between 1682 and 1684 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart on the site of the Church of Saint-Julien, the building housed the kitchens and the tables of the officers who served the courtyard of the Château de Versailles, as well as rooms for the courtesans. 

Versailles grand communs may23

The Petite Écurie (stables) is located on Place d’Armes, opposite the palace/museum, between Avenue de Paris and Avenue de Sceaux. From 1683 to 1685, La Maréchalerie was built behind the Petite Écurie. This establishment completes the activities of two stables. It replaced the modest King’s stable, which then became the Queen’s stable. From 1935 to 1939, it was the barracks of the Air Force School, with Air Base 134 Versailles. Since 1969, it has housed the National School of Architecture of Versailles. Between 1970 and 1973, a gypsotheque, a collection of castings after the Antique from the Louve museum began to settle there. Since 1999, it has also housed the restoration workshops of the research and restoration center of the museums of France. In 2004, La Maréchalerie became a contemporary art center of the National School of Architecture of Versailles. It organizes several exhibitions a year.

Versailles Petite Ecurie passing may23

The Grande Ecurie (stables) are right in the Place d’Armes, in front of the castle, between the avenues of Saint-Cloud and Paris. In 1978, the collection at the Museum of the Carriages (see post) or wagons of Trianon, built in 1851, was moved to the Grande Ecuries. In 1985, the Museum was opened to the public. In 2007, the Museum closed its doors for the expansion work. In 2016, the museum is open again to the public Establishments located at the Grande Ecurie are: Gallery museum of Carriages or wagons, Equestrian Show Academy of Bartabas, and the city Archives of Versailles.

Versailles Grande ecurie may23

The Montansier theater  is an 18C Italian theater located in the heart of the Notre-Dame district!!   and a short walk from the Palace of Versailles and the Royal Opera. The hall was inaugurated on November 18, 1777, in the presence of king Louis XVI and queen Marie-Antoinette. This theater was born under the impetus of Marguerite Brunet, known as Mademoiselle Montansier, whose name it bored. She was ,also, founder of the Palais Royal and Variétés theatres in Paris.

Versailles thêàtre Montansier front passing may23

On the occasion of Molière’s 400th birthday,in 2022, the city of Versailles wished to pay tribute to him by commissioning a sculpture from the artist Xavier Veilhan. This statue was placed in the new Jardin du Bosquet ou Moliére on place Lyautey and in front of the station of Versailles Château Rive Gauche, and by the new tourist office, It is a bronze statue, lowered from its base, which will welcome the audience who can sit next to him or on his lap : because Molière was close to the public .The artist was inspired by a sculpture visible in the hall of the Comédie-Française, signed by Jean-Jacques Caffieri, an 18C sculptor. This was done after I left the city so nice to see something new there now.

Versailles jardin moliere near rive gauche chateau rer c may23

The Place Hoche is named after General Hoche, whose statue was placed in the center of the square in 1832 , The curious of history will take a look at No. 4 ,this is the former hotel resident of Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, bishop of Meaux and tutor to the Grand Dauphin in 1674, It goes into rue Hoche and into my old neighborhood of Notre Dame, the church is under complete renovation now

Versailles Place Hoche statue gen Hoche to Notre Dame renov may23

The Place Lyautey was named after Hubert Lyautey , first resident general of the French Protectorate in Morocco in 1912, then Minister of War during the Great War or WWI. It recalls that his family resided in Versailles , A small white statue of the Virgin and Child above the entrance to a building courtyard. And this by where is now the tourist office of Versailles.

Versailles Place Lyautey tourist office may23

Brasserie le Lyautey,6 place Lyautey , I will post this note here as we were walking around our memorable former City and before leaving decided to eat there, Found this place lively and decided to take a try as it was after we had left the City for the Morbihan breton, Here you will have traditional French cuisine prepared in their kitchen in an Art-Deco decor with frescoes and mirrors on the walls and ceilings, in warm colors in contrast with the green facade of the establishment. Since its change of ownership in 2014 has been able to offer homemade products at affordable prices. Indeed !! The great location of this spot makes it easy to reach even in rush hours. Most people point out that the waitstaff is pleasant at this restaurant ,according to local reviews and I agree, fantastic service. There are parking lots for your car, the closest is Avenue de Sceaux which is 132 meters from Lyautey, as well as you can get off and on public transport at RER C-Versailles-Rive Gauche which is 87 meters away. However, we found easy as always off street at Avenue de Sceaux! We will be back,,,, of course !!!

Versailles brasserie le Lyautey front may23

The Versailles tourist office:

The city of Versailles on its heritage

There you go folks, a dandy small stories of my dear Versailles, as said, a lot more than the palace to be seen and enjoy. A nice town good for the whole family, heck it was great for mine. Again, hope you enjoy this post on the wonderful sights of my dear Versailles as I.

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

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