The Wheel-Chair King


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If you wandered around Versailles long enough, you must have wondered about the marble on-ramp we see here; I surely did, as I wondered about the name of the building where I used to clock in. The building’s original function, reflected in its name — Pavillon des Roulettes, and this on-ramp are connected; and the connection is the XVII-XVIII century services to the old and disabled people. Nobody, not even the Sun King was eternal: at first Louis XIV was suffering from gout and then diabetic gangrene — it ate away at his leg. It is hard to imagine the dancing king in the wheel chair, but the vestiges of his riper years are here. This architectural detail tells us a lot about Versailles and the personality of the king.  The on-ramp is pretty steep and quite slippery in the rain, but Louis the Great preferred it that way: his personal comfort always made room for aesthetics.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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One Response to The Wheel-Chair King

  1. Glen says:

    No – it was because of his children had skates.

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