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"Petit Trianon - Madame de Pompadour's creation." Petit Trianon castle Tip by Jerelis

Petit Trianon castle, Versailles: 15 reviews and 26 photos

  Ceiling of the Pleasure Pavilion.
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  • Ceiling of the Pleasure Pavilion. - Versailles
      Ceiling of the Pleasure Pavilion.
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  • The Pleasure Pavilion. - Versailles
      The Pleasure Pavilion.
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  • The front page of the brochure of the Petit Triano - Versailles
      The front page of the brochure of the Petit Triano
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Being indside the building I read a lot of its history. I quote a sign:"As a child, Louis XV used to say, 'I do so like the Trianon'. He was referring, of course, to the Grand Trianon. In the 1750s, Madame de Pompadour brought him back to the spot. The king liked to stroll with her to the new menagerie, through the botanical gardens, and the greenhouses that the famous scientist Bernard de Jussieu had just installed. On returning from these promenades, the king would stop in the new pavilion built in the middle of the formal garden, where he would file his herbals or have a light refreshment of milk and strawberries, or sup in the cool salon. Starting in 1763, he succumbed to the arguments of Madame de Pompadour and her brother, Marigny, and ordered that a new chateau be built, the Petit Trianon. It was completed in 1768."

I found my way through the beautiful building, which was made into a museum dedicated to Marie-Antoinette in 1867. I ended up at the Queen's Theatre, one of the most beautiful and historical buildings in Europe. It reveals a little known side to the life of Marie-Antoinette. To perfect her French, Marie-Antoinette took comedy classes, and she acted while still in Vienna with her family, from this came her taste for the theatre.

Address: Versailles, Yvelines
Directions: As a part of the Marie-Antoinette's Estate it can be found at far end, the North East section of the park of Versailles. It's a 35 minute walk.
othercontact: Fax: 01 30 83 78 88
Phone: 01 30 83 78 00

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2008
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