On the southwestern side of the palace, the Orangerie, built under the Parterre du Midi (Southern Flowerbed), shelters tropical plants in winter.

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1. Château de Versailles Gardens & Park

0.25 MILES

The section of the vast gardens nearest the palace, laid out between 1661 and 1700 in the formal French style, is famed for its geometrically aligned…

2. Salle du Jeu de Paume

0.26 MILES

In May 1789 Louis XVI convened the États-Généraux, made up of more than 1118 deputies representing the nobility, clergy and the Third Estate (‘common…

4. Château de Versailles

0.28 MILES

Amid magnificently landscaped formal gardens, this splendid and enormous palace was built in the mid-17th century during the reign of Louis XIV – the Roi…

5. Louis XIV Statue

0.35 MILES

This soaring statue of Louis XIV guards the gates to the Château de Versailles.

6. Petites Écuries

0.37 MILES

Versailles' School of Architecture and restoration workshops fill the Petites Écuries (Little Stables).

7. Versailles Stables

0.39 MILES

The Grandes Écuries are the stage for the prestigious Académie du Spectacle Équestre. It presents spectacular Reprises Musicales equestrian shows, for…

8. Grandes Écuries

0.44 MILES

The Grandes Écuries (Great Stables) house the Académie du Spectacle Équestre.