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Le Grand Trianon

Versailles | Architecture - History
€6 - €12
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The Grand Trianon or Trianon marble is a castle that Louis XIV built in 1687 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart near Versailles in France, in the park of Versailles. The exterior of the building is built in pink marble which gives it the name "Marble Trianon", as opposed to porcelain Trianon that preceded it in the same location.

In 1663 and 1665, Louis XIV bought the monks of the abbey of Sainte-Geneviève Paris lands and the village of Trianon (named Triarnum in a bubble of 1163), the progressive expansion of the area northwest of the park Versailles, ended enclave. The church buildings are razed and a first garden is quickly drawn. Two years later, in 1670, King asked Louis Le Vau plans of a small castle for its exclusive use. Le Vau, who died Oct. 11 of the same year, leaving a project that is completed by his son and successor François d'Orbay.

Completed in 1672 (within a year), the first castle of Trianon, called "porcelain Trianon", will remain fifteen years. In very fragile earthenware, it undergoes rapid wear of time and continues to please the king who ordered its demolition in 1686, shortly after the visit of the ambassadors of the King of Siam, to build in its place a more spacious home and a different style.

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  • Name: Le Grand Trianon
  • Address: - 78000 - Versailles - France
  • Phone: (33) 01 30 83 78 00


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Getting there

  • By car : par grille de la Reine, la Porte Saint-Antoine, la Grille des Matelots
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