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POTAGER DU ROI

POTAGER DU ROI
Versailles, France
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BACKGROUND

The Potager du Roi, also known as the Kitchen Garden of the King, was commissioned by Louis XIV and built near the Palace of Versailles. The buildings, elevated terraces, stairs, and reservoir were built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1678 to 1783. A special gate, known as the Grille du Roi, provided private entrance for the king to the potager. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

A conservation project for the Grille du Roi and the central fountain of the potager was launched in 1993. The considerably deteriorated gate was examined, repaired, and regilded to evoke its original appearance. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Jean Pierre Babelon, the Directeur du Musée et du Domaine de Versailles, wrote,“The property of Versailles would be incomplete without the Potager du Roi.” While the landscape would be lacking without the garden, the potager’s true value lies in its history as an experimental ground for horticulture. (...)