Marie-Antoinette’s estate is a retreat en suite for a queen
The Château de Versailles proposes to visitors a renewed space of visit, the ‘Marie-Antoinette’s Estate’. The creation of ‘Marie-Antoinette’s Estate’ is part of the ‘Grand Versailles’ project that aims to show Versailles’ contrasts: Classical and Baroque, destitution and extravagance, male inspiration from Louis XVI and female inspiration from Marie-Antoinette to Madame de Pompadour, to name just a few. Marie-Antoinette was the only queen who imposed her personal tastes on Versailles, scoffing at Court traditions. In the Trianon estate, which Louis XVI gave to her in 1774, she found a haven of privacy that allowed her to escape from the rigors of Court etiquette. No one could enter without her personal invitation.
Escaping the formal obligations of the court, which she found particularly wearisome, Marie-Antoinette preferred to concentrate on her intimate circle of friends, in an environment devoted to leisure and refinement. Milkmaid, actress, musician, hidden from the gaze of the court, Marie-Antoinette reveals her private life, as she chose to live it. The layout shows the refinement and eclecticism of Marie-Antoinette, translated by her way of living and freedom of thought that was inspired by Enlightenment theories. The English garden, the Petit Trianon, the Petit Théâtre, the Hameau, the Temple de l’Amour, the Grotto and the Belvédère, explore the ensemble of the domain of the most celebrated queen of France, restored in the strictest authenticity for the modest sum of (9€) $11.70. Of course it is free for children.