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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