The Underground Versailles


P1015309 (FILEminimizer)When in 1990 most of the trees were uprooted by the tempest, an underground passage leading somewhere deep into the park was discovered by the gardeners. These corridors had been neglected for centuries; so nobody ventured down there. In the photo above you can see the vestiges of what used to be an extended underground communication system. When was it constructed, under which king, who used it, why? Louis XIV is probably at the origins of at least two, and at least three such tunnels existed, the longest leading as far as the neighboring town of Saint-Cyr, the shortest connecting the isles of the Halls of Ministers, while the third communicated to and around the Little Trianon. Today only the second passage is perfectly functional, the other two well buried in the park.

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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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