In 2016, the Palace of Versailles unveiling the finished product from its recent remodeling: the Dufour Pavilion and its Alain Ducasse restaurant, the Madame Elisabeth Estate and the restoration of the Golden Children’s Pool, and the remodeling of the Carriage Gallery!
On May 10th, 2016 the general public will finally be able to access the Palace of Versailles Carriage Gallery, in the royal stables build by Jule Hardouin-Mansart between 1670 and 1682 to house the king and court’s horses and carriages.
Sponsored by the Michelin Foundation, the gallery features the most beautiful carriages in the palace’s history, surrounded by scenery design that fits with the location. You can also see the luxurious coaches up close, including the Berlins from Napoleon the 1st’s wedding, Charles V’s holy carriage, and the chariot from Louis XVIII’s funeral. Learn what a porter’s seat looks like, see the carriages for Marie Antoinette’s children, or even the stunning collection of fantasy sleds made for Louis XV.
The Versaille carriages are total works of art. After all, they were designed to be eye-catching (for most people, the carriages were the only glimpse of the king’s extravagance that they could see when he was on the road!). Created by the the best artisans in the Royal Court - architects, carpenters, sculptors, ebony, bronze, and gold workers, upholsterers, chiselers and embellishers - they benefitted from the most beautiful work and latest technology in French carriage making, in terms of comfort, performance, and technique (traction, steering, suspension, convertible). To be honest, carriages symbolized the King’s power!
One part of this collection has already been shown off-site Roulez Carrosses(Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Arras, 2012-2013), but we are excited to see these carriages in the place that they were made!
What's more, to celebrate the reopening, the Versailles Palace is offering a free Night in the Stables, on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, during the Nuit des Musées Museum Night!
Carriage Gallery at the Versailles Palace
Opens May 10th, 2016
Where: Versailles Palace
Hours: 9am-5:30pm, closed on Mondays
Prices: 18€, 13€ reduced price, free under 26 (European Union)
Château de Versailles
Ouverture le 10 mai 2016