European Heritage Days 2019 are the occasion to discover different arts: so, on Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2019, the Académie équestre de Versailles invites you all to discover the hidden heritage of the Palace of Versailles by coming in the stables of the Palace of Versailles renovated by Bartabas who set up his company-school in 2003…
Set just across the Palace of Versailles, the Royal stables have been built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1679 and 682 to house horses and the king’s and the court’s coaches, set just across the palace.
The Grandes Ecuries de Versailles allow you to admire an architectural gem from 1683 that used to house the royal cavalry and housing a magnificent manege and a Carriage Gallery with all the carriages.
Inspired by the Farnese theater in Parma, the manege of the Versailles stables offers a very beautiful vision of the architecture from the 17th century. Fascinating, the building is a nod to the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace with majestic mirrors and Murano glass chandeliers.
And if you want to complete the tour of this exceptional site with an enchanting show, Bartabas offers a European Heritage Days special rate for the show La Voie de l'Ecuyer with a free ticket for any €25 seat bought on the spot at the Academie reception desk. This rate is available for the two shows of the weekend planned on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. as long as stock lasts.
Next to the school, the Carriage Gallery offers a beautiful presentation of the most beautiful horse-drawn carriages in the history of Versailles, such as the one used for Napoleon I’s wedding, the carriage for the coronation of Charles X, Louis XVIII’s funeral carriage, as well as Marie-Antoinette’s children’s small carriages and a surprising collection of sleighs made during the reign of Louis XV.
After this enchanting tour, go discover the Versailles Opera, a hidden place created in 1682 by Jacques-Ange Gabriel to celebrate the wedding of the Dauphin – future Louis XVI – with Marie-Antoinette.
Photo credit: © Agathe Poupeney
European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
Grandes Ecuries de Versailles
Avenue de Paris