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"Grand Apartments of the King" Grands Appartements du Roi et de la Reine Tip by Dabs

  Salon de Hercules
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  • Salon de Hercules - Versailles
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  • Salon de la Guerre (War Drawing Room) - Versailles
      Salon de la Guerre (War Drawing Room)
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The 1st part of the visit to the Palace, after getting a look at the Royal Chapel, was through the Grand Apartments of the King or Grand Appartement du Roi. The plan called for seven rooms, each named for the then known planets and the associated Roman God because the Sun was the emblem of Louis XIV, including the Salon de Diane (Moon), Salon de Mars, Salon de Mercure (Mercury), Salon de Jupiter, Salon de Saturne (Saturn) and Salon de Venus, all centered around the Salon d’Apollo (Sun). In 1710, another salon was added, dedicated to Hercules. The salon de la guerre (War Room) and the salon de la paix (Peace Room) along with the Hall of Mirrors connect the Grand Apartment of the King with the Grand Apartment of the Queen.

Louis XIV found the apartments too cold and opted to live in the rooms previously occupied by his father, the grand apartments were used for court functions instead.

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  • Updated Dec 9, 2008
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