Versailles castle is a centuries-old historical monument. Each piece of this infrastructure is unique. During a visit of the places, do not forget to go in the famous garden castle of Versailles.
A garden more than 400 years old
Located at the west of the castle, the Versailles castle garden was created by the architect André the Notre in 1661. The arrangement works of the garden began at the same time as the ones of the castle. They lasted more than 40 years. It is important to note that every hundred years there is replanting of the trees present throughout the garden so that they remain legible. Spread over more than 830 ha of land, this space includes 386 works of art including 221 statues. The green space of the castle is divided into two main parts: the large park and the small park. It should also be remembered that the Versailles castle garden itself forms part of the large park.
The different sections of the garden
The Versailles castle garden is a French garden. To amaze the visitors, and of course the inhabitants of the castle during the royal times, the estate was divided into several sections: groves, orangery, sculptures, basins and fountains, walkways and flowerbeds. The groves are present in all the corners of the garden. They are decorated with fountains, vases or statues. Moreover, it is also necessary to know that the Versailles’s garden is the largest museum in the world of outdoor sculptures with its various statues in bronze, marble or lead. The orangery of the castle has very large varieties of orange trees like orange trees of Portugal, Spain or Italy. It also has other species such as lemon trees, oleander, palm trees or grenadiers up to more than 200 years. The basins and fountains are for their part the image of some heroes of the Greek mythology.
The great waters of the Versailles castle garden
One of the particularities of Versailles castle garden is that it has an important variety of fountains and basins. Each year, these great waters host extraordinary spectacles.
Presentation of large waters
The Large Water of Versailles Castle were created in 1666 under the reign of Louis XIV. In all, the garden has 55 fountains and basins, the most famous of them are Apollo and Neptune basin. Apollo basin represents Apollo chariot and the master of the sun which is standing on his chariot. The latter is drawn by 4 horses representing strength and fury, which comes out of the water among sea monsters to illuminate the Earth. The Neptune basin, on the other hand, has the effigy of Neptune, the god of the seas and oceans. There are also represented his wife, the god Ocean, dragons and Cupids. Its construction lasted more than a century.
The spectacle of the great waters of the garden of Versailles
The Large Water spectacle is organized every summer in the gardens of the castle. The show is divided into two major parts: Great Musical Waters and Great Night Waters. It is important to note that the Neptune basin is the venue for the final show of the great waters of the Palace of Versailles. The twenty-two jets out of the middle of the basin and the twenty-two outgoing jets of vases adorned with marine animals, not to mention the presentation jets, offer an exceptional show with a set of nearly one hundred special effects.
Two breathtaking shows to awaken the senses
The Musical Large Water allow you to enjoy a walk along the fountains and music that once animated them. It's a great show to tell a royal story that many people are still nostalgic about. The Grandes Eaux nocturnes, which take place for a little more than two hours, present the groves and fountains under a thousand lights, unreal lights and wonderful bubbles. These great waters reflect the spirit of the lights that animated the castle for centuries.
The king of Versailles’ vegetable garden
Created in 1683, the king's vegetable garden in Versailles extends over 9 ha of land. Classified as one of the historic monuments and remarkable gardens of France, the vegetable garden also houses the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage.
The construction of The king of Versailles' vegetable garden spread out from 1678 and 1683. It was Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, director of the royal gardens of the time, who was in charge of the vegetable garden under the orders of Louis XIV in person. The vegetable garden is located next to the Swiss pond, not far from the Orangerie. It is important to note that the garden is divided into two main parts: the central part or "large square" and the 12 'rooms'. The garden of the king also has an orchard which houses more than 5000 fruit trees offering more than 400 varieties of fruits. Moreover, it should be emphasized that the garden of the king's garden is not a conservatory of genetic resources. The collection of fruit trees is essentially the result of purchases from nurserymen or donations. The same applies to vegetable plants.
How the vegetable garden works
The King's Vegetable Garden has been open to the public since 1991. Cultural events such as dance performances, exhibitions and open-air theaters invest the garden every year. In addition, the event entitled "Les Saveurs du Potager" proposes to discover and promote the diversity of fruit and vegetable production in the garden. For gardeners, guided tours with a speaker are also organized from April to October, but only on weekends and public holidays. On the other hand, it should be noted that the king's vegetable garden has the mission of keeping the practices of size to the old one. Demonstrations of different historical techniques in fruit and vegetable growing are organized in the vegetable garden.
How to go by van from Versailles to EuroDisneyland?
67.1 km separate Versailles from EuroDisneyland. To begin the journey, take General de Gaulle Avenue and exit Versailles. The driver will take the A86 to Paris and Créteil. You will then have to continue on A4 / A86 / E50 (East Highway) and take Champigny tunnel. After entering Coupvray, it will still be necessary to go through Chessy. Just roll a few meters to reach EuroDisneyland.