"The Hamlet" Hameau de la reine Tip by Dabs

Hameau de la reine, Versailles: 21 reviews and 46 photos

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Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, spent much of her time away from the opulence of the palace of Versailles at her estate located on the vast grounds of the palace. Without the modern convenience of a tram or comfortable walking shoes, it must have seemed a world away from the excess and gluttony at court. She had the 12 buildings of the Hamlet constructed so that she could experience the simple life of a peasant albeit surely without the discomfort that accompanied actually being a peasant in the times of Louis XVI.

The Hamlet had a working dairy and water mill, there were gardens, livestock and a dovecote and while she didn't participate in the manual labor, she would come and supervise, dressed modestly of course.

The main building is the Queen's House, furnished in a very unpeasant like manner with a billard room, dining hall, library and two living rooms. The interiors of the buildings in the Hamlet are not open to the public but you can have a stroll around the grounds which made me feel like I had been plopped right into a fairy tale.

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  • Updated Dec 1, 2008
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