The estate of Marly, Louis XIV’s villa open to visitors

Published by Elodie D., Manon C. · Published on 23 July 2020 at 20h43 · Updated on 25 July 2020 at 12h52
The estate of Marly is a landmark for history and Louis XIV fans. Set 7km from Versailles, this estate used to be a place of retreat for the Sun King where only a few privileged people were welcome. In addition to the magnificent estate to visit, a museum offers you to relive the atmosphere of Marly across the years and kings that came here.

Built in 1679, the Château de Marly is a place of retreat Louis XIV comes to, safe from the hustle and bustle of the Court of Versailles. The palace, which architecture looks like a play background, and the machine de Marly supplying water to the garden are then coveted by the entire Europe.

Diametrically different from the official life in Versailles, Marly is a place where Louis XIV shows his personal tastes. For the regularly, famous and very coveted “Marlys”, the king surrounds himself with a few outstanding guests for a few days, and offers them many entertainments: hunting parties, concerts, games, balls, walks, and so on.

The musée du Domaine royal de Marly opened in January 2020 after renovations.

Start by getting to know more about the unique architecture of Marly and its gardens as seen from the vestiges open to visitors in the park. In another room are revealed the secrets of the Machine de Marly, the “eighth wonder in the world”, a huge mechanism that required to fit the Seine to supply water sets in the king’s gardens thanks to an unparalleled know-how.

Then, you will discover the intimate atmosphere of Marly that becomes a royal residency. Discover the lifestyle and pleasures in Marly, the uniqueness of its customs, and the historic people that marked the place like Madame de Maintenon, the Dauphin, and even the Duke of Orleans and the Princess Palatine.

A virtual reality experience, called “L’Eclipse royale” will also allow visitors to attend the solar eclipse of May 3, 1715, with the Sun King, astronomer Cassini and the Duke of Orleans. Furthermore, guided tours, conferences, creative workshops, and entertainments for families are also on the menu all year around.

The musée du Domaine royal de Marly is an essential complement to your visit of Versailles and Louis XIV’s universe. We highly recommend you discover it.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 6 June 2020



    Grille Royale
    78430 Louveciennes

    Official website

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    Horaires : ouvert les mercredis, jeudis et vendredis de 14h à 18h et les samedis et dimanches de 10h30 à 18h

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