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The grove of Encelade, in the Garden of the Castle of Versailles

Versailles' garden was designed by the french architect Le Nôtre, in the second part of the XVIIth century. The whole garden is a political program in itself. Louis XIVth wanted to show his court how to behave with him, through selected mythological scenes.

The garden is made of several different places, named groves, in the middle of which is very often established a fountain. In the case of the Grove of Encelade, the message is perfectly clear: The giant Encelade had defied Jupiter, who revenged himself through burying him with stones.

During the Grandes Eaux, the fountains are put in service, and give the garden its grandeur back. During summer, in the case of special events, shows are organized in the night, with illuminations and fireworks, as shown on this picture.


Le bosquet de L’encelade, dans le jardin du chateau de Versailles.

Le Jardin du château de Versailles a été dessiné par l’architecte Le Nôtre au cours de la deuxième moitié du XVII e siècle. Le jardin représente un programme politique à lui seul. Louis XIV voulait ainsi montrer aux nobles de la cour comment se comporter avec lui au travers de scènes mythologiques choisies.

Le jardin est constitué de nombreux bosquets, au milieu desquels on trouve bien souvent une fontaine. Dans le cas du bosquet de l’Encelade, le message est parfaitement clair: le géant Encelade avait défié Jupiter, qui s’est vengé en l’ensevelissant sous une pluie de pierres.

Lors des Grandes Eaux, les fontaines fonctionnent, et redonnent toute sa grandeur aux jardins. Certains soirs en été, on peut voir les Grandes Eaux nocturnes, avec illumination et feux d’artifice, comme dans le cas de cette photo.

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  • Copyright: Yannick LEPRETE (yannick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 18 N: 156] (1471)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2005-08-13
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/10.0, 5 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-29 15:45
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