Marie Antoinette’s exquisite Petit Theatre built by her master architect Richard Mique. It is almost hidden behind the formal French Gardens of the Petit Trianon between the Chateau and the Pavilion Français both built by Ange-Jacque Gabriel under Louis XV.
The Royal Opera House of the Palace of Versailles is amongst the finest creations of the master French Architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Built under Louis XV for the wedding of his grandson, Crown Prince Louis-August (future Louis XVI) and the Hapsburg Princess Marie-Antoinette in 1770. It is the largest palace court theatre in Europe and one of the few surviving. Following a recent $70 million dollar renovation, the floor of the lower seats can once again be raised to the level of the stage and be used as enormous Ballroom or Banqueting Hall. Concerts, plays and ballets are now being held on a regular basis during the Chateau’s Theatre Season and the public can purchase tickets through their website.
French Crown Jewels, the Coronation Crown of King Louis XV bejeweled with hundreds of diamonds and other precious gems from the royal collection. This is the only surviving French Royal Crown from the Ancien-Regime (before the French Revolution). Now in the Apollo Gallery in Louvre Museum, Paris.