Queen’s Hamlet, Versailles

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Richard Mique, 1728–94

Versailles, Île de France, France; 1774–85

The vast Palace of Versailles (pages 250–51) was established under Louis XIV of France in the mid-seventeenth century. It was Louis who bought a nearby village called Trianon as the site for a second palace, known as the Trianon, which was rebuilt several times. The Trianon is far enough away from the monumental pageantry of the main palace of Versailles to seem lost in the park, and it became a more personal place – though still extremely grand by normal standards.

A smaller palace was built a little further away by Louis XV (Louis XIV’s great-grandson), ...

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