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THE BELVEDERE PAVILION AT VERSAILLES

THE BELVEDERE PAVILION AT VERSAILLES
Versailles, France
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BACKGROUND

The Belvedere Pavilion is a notable feature in the landscape of the Petit Trianon of Versailles. Built between 1778 and 1781 under the supervision of Richard Mique for Marie-Antoinette, it is the crowning element of the English Garden on the grounds. Early plans called for the Belvedere to resemble a pagoda, reflecting the fascination at the time with Asian art and architecture. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2009, WMF provided support to conserve the Belvedere and its garden through the Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage and Vinci. The project was completed in spring 2012 and resulted in improved structural stability, conserved interiors, and improved landscaping immediately around the building. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Under Marie-Antoinette’s reign, the Belvedere was constructed in the newly popular neoclassical style surrounded by a landscaped garden reflecting the passion for English gardens at the time. The adjacent lake and rocky hill are reminiscent of the famous gardens at Tivoli. (...)