royal chapel of the palace of versailles

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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The private Royal Chapel at the Petit Trianon of Versailles is so appropriate in its simplicity and modesty, it moves me thinking of Marie-Antoinette in solitude mourning the loss of her beloved son here in the last days of Chateau under the Ancien-Regime. Thanks for the additional photos Mr P. N. Price.

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Architect Luigi Vanvitelli died on this day in 1773 at Caserta, where he had been working on one of his best known projects, the Palazzo Reale for Charles VII, King of Naples, later Charles III of Spain. Often noted as one of the primary figures responsible for the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architectural style, Vanvitelli designed furnishings, chapels, churches, and palaces. He was a finalist in several important Roman competitions and was employed on numerous restoration projects in Rome. Known as the Versailles of Italy, Vanvitelli’s palace at Caserta recently received a 22-million euro grant for much-needed repairs.

Reference: Jörg Garms. “Vanvitelli, Luigi.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T087929>.

Royal Palace of Caserta – exterior; portraits of Vanvitelli, throne room, staircase

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Summary:  A Hook/Emma angel/demon AU. They hide in plain sight, the servants of heaven and hell. The angels and the demons, who can save your soul or damn it. They stand on opposite sides, they are the bringers of light and the agents of darkness, they are enemies in an eternal war, but what happens when an angel and a demon are inexplicably drawn to each other?

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                                        Part Seventeen

Paris - 1794

Revolution had decimated the aristocracy and turned Paris both upside down and sideways, but some traditions continued virtually unchanged. The famous salons, where playwrights, philosophers, foreigners, women of learning, naturalists and theologians all gathered to debate and discuss various topics of interest continued while the rumbling wagons transported the condemned on their final journey to meet Madame la Guillotine every morning and headless bodies were heaped like cords of firewood in mass graves just outside the city limits every night. A man could be holding forth on the ideals of Enlightenment and be the toast of the city one heady eve, yet waken to the gendarmes come to arrest him as the newest enemy of the state come morning.

Killian handed his dark cloak to the waiting footman who withdrew with a silent bow and adjusted his lace cuffs before stepping into Madame Maleficent’s fashionable parlour. In her youth she had been a sought-after courtesan who once rather notoriously appeared at a Court masque dressed as a dragon, in a horned headdress and sporting a green silk tail longer than the queen’s own train, taught by a Gypsy street performer to actually breathe fire from a mouthful of strong brandy. She had set the Duke of Anjou’s wig alight and the servants all panicked at the sight, snatching it right from his head and dousing it in a large tureen of soup waiting to be served. The broth was spoiled, but the Duke was unsinged and she quickly became his favourite mistress. Having entered her fourth decade as La Révolution decimated her clientele, she retired from her former profession but was still quite striking in appearance and as slippery as an eel, avoiding arrest while others fell around her and holding weekly salons that maintained her reputation as one of the best hostesses in Paris.

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Façades of the Chateau of Versailles surrounding the Marble Courtyard and the Royal Courtyard built by three of the greatest French Architects. Begun in 1661 by Louis Le Vau then enlarged by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Ange-Jacques Gabriel before the French Revolution in 1789.

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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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