Versailles and the Trianons

Versailles and the Trianons

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Versailles and the Trianons

Versailles and the Trianons

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Versailles fills so large a place in the traditions of the French nation and in the history of its art that it behoves the foreigner to acquire an accurate idea of it, and to visit it with care and attention. It is necessary to know Versailles thoroughly, with its palace, its gardens, and its memories, if one wishes to understand the facts of the political and artistic pre-eminence of France during one period of her old régime.

The visitor who comes to this famous spot for the first time should, in order to obtain a vivid and true impression of it, avoid the town itself as far as possible, and approach the Palace through the parks that are on that side. If he wishes to have a complete idea of the place he should be careful first to make the round of the Palace and gardens without entering them, and then, approaching by the St. Cyr road, for instance, or from the Trianon direction, enter the gardens at their furthest point on the west-

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