french baroque architecture

Royal Chapel of Versailles, May 2016. by Sabrina Danielle.

Photographed when I visited the Chateau de Versailles, France. The Sun King (Louis XIV) loved music and dance and thus had a gigantic gilded organ in this royal chapel where the King and his family would hold mass.

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Here are several of my Instagram friends dramatic photos of the Chateau of Versailles, they clearly love mood filters, maybe I should try a few as well huh?! LoL. I’ll post more of my recent trip photos soon but enjoy these for now…


Palace Of The Week - Esterhàzy Palace

    The Esterházy Palace is located in Fertőd, Hungary. The first palace was built in 1721 but the Prince Nicolas 1st Esterházy decided to build a baroque palace which was finished in 1766. The palace is not really big. There are only 126 rooms, when Schönbrunn has 1.444 rooms and Versailles  2.300. This palace was meant to be the “Hungarian Versailles”, like many palaces at this time, with many windows and french gardens. But on the pictures you can see that the palace has a very different style as Versailles. It all looks more german or austrian. I really like this palace. It is quite simple, elegant and really luxurious.  It would be a perfect summer palace with the gardens and the forest not far away.


Post 2 of 3: From my May trip to Versailles: the Hercules Salon. This drawing room is the largest in the palace and originally was the site of the fourth royal chapel (1682-1710) under Louis XIV. In 1712, the King ordered his chief architect, Robert de Cotte (brother in law and successor to Jules Hardouin-Mansart) to create a proper setting for the enormous masterpiece “Repast at Simon’s Abode” by Veronese. It was gifted to Louis XIV in 1664 by the Republic of Venice. The room’s construction was interrupted with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and restarted shortly after the return of Louis XV in 1722. On the ceiling is the greatest work of the genius François Lemoyne titled “Apotheosis of Hercules” completed in 1736. I tried to capture some of the details of Robert de Cotte’s exquisite Rococo decoration while cropping out the hundreds of tourists that fill the room, hence more ceiling than floors, lol. I also added a few floor plans and exterior photos to help show its location on the Royal Floor between the North Wing and Ange-Jacques Gabriel’s Royal Chapel and the enfilade of the State Apartment.

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