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Make Way for the Orléans!

Published on , by Sarah Hugounenq
Versailles is seeking to move away from its Bourbon-centric image to shed light on the transformations of the 19th century.
The Battle Gallery Make Way for the Orléans!
The Battle Gallery
© Château de Versailles/Thomas Garnier
We want to show another Versailles , emphasizing how far the reign of Louis-Philippe d'Orléans transformed the palace and our history." Catherine Pégard's words might be wishful thinking because the collective imagination has long seen the monument as the sacrosanct mausoleum of Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette . But the president of this public institution is nonetheless pulling out all the stops, with an exhibition and a huge refurbishment program designed to restore credibility to the July monarchy (1830-1848) and the 19th century in general. After Louis XIV The idea of extending the chronology of the palace's occupation after the Sun King is by no means new. In 2010, Béatrix Saule, director of the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, gave fresh visibility to the French Republic's work on it after the war, with General de Gaulle's overhaul of the Trianon-sous-Bois…
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