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30 Nov

The Colonnade, Versailles

The Colonnade Versailles

The Colonnade

The Colonnade is a must see in the gardens of Versailles. Hardouin-Mansart and Le Notre collaborated to design the space in 1685. It is a circular peristyle of 32 Ionic order columns made of marble. They are coupled with Languedoc marble pilasters, support arches crowning each with a white marble cornice and 32 urns in line with the columns. The tympani are decorated with reliefs depicting cupids playing music (this grove was long used for concerts). Under each arch lies a wide basin equipped with a fountain.
The Rape Of Persephone sculpted by Girardon sits in the middle.

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