Bassin de Neptune

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Lonely Planet review

The chateau gardens' largest fountains are the 17th-century Bassin de Neptune, 300m north of the palace, whose straight side abuts a small pond graced by a winged dragon (Grille du Dragon), and the Bassin d'Apollon, at the eastern end of the Grand Canal, in the centre of which Apollo's chariot, pulled by rearing horses, emerges from the water. Try to time your visit for the Grande Perspective and Grandes Eaux Musicales fountain displays. On the same days the Bassin de Neptune flows for 10 minutes.