Versailles investigation


You don’t suppose there’s one of these tucked in the garden somewhere, do you?

You’d think that a famous hunk of built environment like the Château de Versailles would have a well-documented architectural history. But, no.

Apparently the existing buildings supplanted an earlier Louis XIII structure described as a hunting lodge, of which we have limited knowledge.

Luckily, archaeologists recently got a peek under the paving of the Royal Courtyard next to the main building before construction of an underground service area.

They were only able to open a narrow trench, yet still found a sunken roadway, an arc of a foundation of a modest circular tower, linear wall foundations, and a later basin (to water horses? for a fountain? I couldn’t tell from this report). Maps and pictures here.

Once again, archaeology tells us more than history!

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