french garden design

Video of the Hall of Mirrors, the most famous and beautiful wonders inside the Palace of Versailles built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart & Charles LeBrun for King Louis XIV . The shimmering light plays gloriously in the chandeliers and the 17 large mirrored arches facing the 17 arched windows that overlook the miles of formal French Gardens designed by Andre Le Notre. A true wonder of the Fine Arts.



Continuing the Grand Perspective from the Water Parterre lays the Latona Fountain Parterre through which you can see the Tapis Vert (Green Lawn/Carpet) the Apollo Fountain and the Grand Canal, the Perspective continues for miles and seems infinite. To either side of the this Parterre are almost hidden fountain groves called “bosquets.” Pictured are the Rockwork or Ballroom Grove, the Baths of Apollo, Enceladus Fountain, Triumphal Arch Grove and to the far north the Dragon Fountain.



Continuing the Grand Perspective of the Chateau of Versailles Gardens you cross the Tapis Vert from the Latona Parterre to the magnificent Apollo Fountain. Representing the Sun God Apollo riding his chariot drawn by four horses across the horizon creating Dawn or Sunset. The Grand Canal is beyond this fountain, it stretches for miles in the shape of an enormous cross at which one of the arms of the Canal leads to the Trianon Domain Palaces.

The last two pictures are of Southern Garden Perspective with Jules Hardouin-Mansart’s enormous L'orangerie and in the distance the Lake of the Swiss Guards.