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"Palatial Gardens : The Orangery at Versailles" Top 5 Page for this destination Orangerie Tip by bpacker

Orangerie, Versailles: 4 reviews and 9 photos

  Strangely Symmetrical Garden
by bpacker

Now that I had a nice picnic on the park and filled my tummy with a nice salad, I took a look around the gargantuan gardens.
Needless to say, I was bowled over!
The lovely Orangery is a case in point. Dug into the slope below the chateau and flanked by 2 gorgeous, 100-step staircases is André le Nôtre's masterful landscape design.
Yes, he is the chap who designed the Finance Minister's garden and inspired the King to create something a hundred times its size. Over here, you'll see cute, potted orange trees and phoenix palms dotted around the strangely geometrical garden and the Swiss Lake.

I must have spent hours here before proceeding to the Apollo fountain. Follow me as I walk back to the central portion of the chateau...

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2004
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