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Marble-ous Trianon

The Grand Trianon was built by Louis XIV to be a place where he could escape from the hectic life of the court at Versailles and its over-the-top protocols. On paper it officially stated that the structure be built as 'a house for partaking of collations' (light meals).
The current palace dates back to 1687 and is actually the second Trianon structure to be built here, since the first one, a porcelain Trianon, was not very weather resistant. Jules Hardouin-Mansart build another palace on the same site, twice the size of the Porcelain Trianon and with its main material being marble and porphyry, which led to Louis XIV calling it the 'Trianon de Marbre'. Louis XIV took a great interest in building this second structure, almost making him the real architect of the Palace. It was his idea to add a colonnaded portico whose transparence linked the gardens to the building more completely than anywhere else.
Later in the early 19th century, Napoleon I resided here from 1805 to 1815 and refurnished it in the Empire Style. Parts of the building, called 'Trianon-sous-Bois' are now used by the French president to entertain foreign dignitaries.

The colonnaded portico, now open on both sides, at first had huge glass paneled doors on the courtyard side.
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5 Responses to “Marble-ous Trianon”

  1. # Blogger alicia

    how come it was so empty?!  

  2. # Blogger DarkCity

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    What very beautiful pictures! of The Grand Trianon ...Please keep them coming!

    Merci! Beaucoup!  

  3. # Blogger Permaisuri

    wow.seeking for more from u cedric :-)
    keep posting  

  4. # Blogger Elizabeth

    Your photos make me home/heart sick! We use to live about 10 minutes away from Versailles! I could never get enough of that place. Thanks for posting those :)  

  5. # Blogger sunday q

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