The Palace of Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 17th-century French art.
Symbol of the heyday of French royalty, the Palace of Versailles is one of the most remarkable monuments of France and the world.
The former hunting lodge of Louis XIII was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV. The court and government of France were moving to Versailles in 1682. Beautiful place of parade and reception, the palace was embellished by the construction of the Chapel and the Opera under Louis XV.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the finest achievements of French art in the 17th century. It counts 2300 rooms, the King’s Grand Apartments and the magnificent Hall of Mirrors imagined by Mansart.
In the 19th century, the palace became the Museum of the History of France. The many rooms house the new collections, which were added to until the early 20th century, tracing milestones in French history. The palace of Versailles has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years.
Wonderful festivities combine the best of Venice, Vivaldi and Versailles
From June 24 to July 17, 2011, the Palace of Versailles will host the Venice Vivaldi Versailles festival, honoring the romantic “Serenissima”, Vivaldi, the composer of genius, and the legendary palace of Versailles, created by Louis XIV and the best artists of his time.
This unique event is organized to mark the outcome of the complete discography of the works of Vivaldi, published by the editor Naïve.
Such as the memorable celebrations under Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles will live absolute magical evenings:
Venetian festivities on the Grand Canal of the Palace of Versailles
Gondolas, fountains and fireworks… on masterpieces by Vivaldi.
- Friday June 24, July 1, 8 and 15 – from 22:00.
Venetian carnival at the Palace of Versailles, L’Orangerie
Masked ball to the theme of the Venetian carnival for a very festive and exceptional evening. All participants must wear costume dresses of quality and preferably in Baroque style, and a mask. For 1500 guests. Booking is required.
- July 9 – from midnight to 8:00 am
Concerts in the halls of the Palace of Versailles
Various works performed by prestigious musicians, in the halls and in the Royal Opera of the palace.
Casanova or the variations Giacomo, at the Royal Opera – Palace of Versailles
Opera in two acts, with music from works by Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, with John Malkovich.
- From 3 to 5 July 2011 at the Royal Opera.
Venice, Vivaldi and Versailles – Details and booking
Please, check out all the details at: Château de Versailles
Editions Naïve : for more information about the complete discography of the works of Vivaldi, please click : here.
Château de Versailles : Place d’Armes – 78000 Versailles
How to get to the Château de Versailles ?
- RER C
- To get to the palace of Versailles, make sure to buy a « Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche » ticket (zones 1-4) (T+ ticket is not valid for this journey).
- SNCF Trains
- Versailles Chantiers station, from Paris Montparnasse
- Versailles Rive Droite station, from Paris Saint Lazare
- Train schedule on : www.transilien.com.
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