European Heritage Days 2018, planned on September 15 and 16, 2018, are an irresistible event for the History of France lovers: while many sites exceptionally open to the public, the Palace of Versailles offers to discover a part of the French history.
If the palace and the Fountains Shows remain charged, you can visit the Grand Commun for free, an annex of the palace now housing the administrative service thanks to works carried out in 2007 and 2013.
The story of the building is very rich. Set in rue de l’Indépendance Américaine, this 82 m x 76 m quadrilateral has been designed by Mansart to house the king’s officers as well as the personnel. The first floor is divided into staff flats, where André Le Nôtre, duc de Lauzun, Michel-Richard Delalande and even Richard Mique used to live while the second floor and the attic were enjoyed by subordinates.
Unfortunately, of this living place, nothing remains because after the French Revolution, the building has had several uses. A weapon manufactures, a school, then turned into a military hospital between 1832 and 1997, date of the restitution of the building by the Ministry of Defense to the palace, the museum and Versailles national estate public institution.
Today, 350 people work in the shadow in the Grand Commun gathering offices for the teams, restoration studios as well as the establishment archives. We can even discover the courtyard and the building architecture, “contemporary” work spaces and are used today.
The indoor layouts required for the transformation of the place into work spaces have been carried out by architect Bernard Desmoulins and thanks to the artistic 1%, the place is related to the 21st century with a work painted by artist Philippe Cognée.
European Heritage Days 2018 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
From 15 September 2018 to 16 September 2018
Château de Versailles
Horaires : 9h-18h30