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Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

Local name: Jardins du Château de Versailles

The Versailles Gardens surround the Royal Palace of Versailles. They have an area of over 800 hectares and are very diverse in terms of landscape. Part of them closest to the palace are regular, geometric French gardens, with hedge mazes, flower beds and magnificent fountains and ponds. Further on extends the natural park, which is a remnant of the former hunting grounds.

The gardens took their origin from the hunting park of Louis XIII. Along with the expansion of the palace, their character also changed. It was here, on 250 hectares, that André Le Nôtre founded the first garden, which later became the model of the so-called "French garden" widespread throughout Europe at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This garden complements the palace architecture. Is another salon, except that it is in the open air. Hedged hedges, even paths, well-tended lawns and flower beds match the wonderful interior decorations. The landscape is complemented by fountains and sculptures inspired by Greek and Roman mythology.

In the northern part of the park there are palaces Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon. There is also a breeding farm built for Empress Maria Antonina. In the southern part of the park there is a palace, which has been one of the residences of the President of France since 2007.

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