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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