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date: 04 July 2020

Versailles, Château de 

The Oxford Companion to the Garden
Patrick TaylorPatrick Taylor

Versailles, Yvelines, France. The history and legends of Versailles make it very hard to react to it simply as a landscape. The chateau, its gardens, and ancillary buildings have a political dimension that was unprecedented. They were symbols of absolutism—the landscape was dominated, vistas extended without limit, and a court of unexampled splendour gathered about the King. Louis XIV saw himself as Apollo, the source of all light and the greatest ornament of the heavens. In his person was absolute power—... ...

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