Architectural Projects, the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles

Running from May 3 to August 3, 2019 the Palace of Versailles unveils us some of its secrets thanks to the “Architectural Projects” exhibition. For the first time, this exhibition offers to discover the craziest architectural projects in France for this unparalleled palace!

Head to the Upper Statue Gallery in the North Wing, in the Palace of Versailles for the imaginative exhibition, “Architectural Projects (1660-1815)”, offering us to see from May 3 to August 3, 2019 the craziest projects designed for the Palace of Versailles by architects from all over France.

Thanks to many loans from France and overseas, the exhibition brings together about a hundred drawings, architectural plans and elevations from general projects successively submitted by architects for over 150 years from 1660b to 1815.

We find countless project plans such as successive projects of chapels and entertainments venues and garden architecture, that never came to life due to lack of financial or technical means. We learn that a pavilion for Coronelli’s Globes had been studied, as well as an “Apollo pavilion” designed by Tessin by the Grand Canal!

These sketches show lots of boldness. Unlike many castles and palaces, Versailles has always been under construction in order to show the skills of the best workers in France to rulers from all over the world. Since the launching of the construction site in Versailles in 1660 to the latest transformation of the palace into a museum by Louis-Philippe in 1837, the Palace of Versailles has been a permanent construction site.

This exhibition promises us a very good moment filled with curiosity and when leaving it, you’ll need some imagination to make live this Versailles “as you’ve never seen it but as it could have been”!

Photo credit: Projet de façade du palais de Versailles, côté de l’entrée, 1811-1813
Alexandre Dufour (1760-1835) and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (1762-1853)
Versailles, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. 
© RMN - Grand Palais (château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

Elodie D.
Last updated on 23 January 2019

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Opening Time
From 3 May 2019 to 3 August 2019



    Place d'armes
    78000 Versailles

    -26 ans UE, handicapés: Free
    tarif plein: 20 €

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