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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Trianon Estate


18th century

The palace was a very busy place.

So the kings had a mini palaces built in the gardens - the Trianons - to escape from the formalities and pressures of the court.

Marie-Antoinette loved spending time at the Trianon, away from the crowds.

She added a theatre, where she would act with friends and family, and now gives precious insights into 17th century theatre.

She also infamously built a model hamlet of 10 small rustic buildings around an artificial lake, including a farm, a dairy and a fisherman's cottage.

She would dress up as a shepherdess or a milkmaid, milking the cows and picking eggs.

While this was fashionable in some aristocratic circles at the time, the public was irate that she would pretend to be poor and felt she was completely out of touch with reality.

This hatred was a major factor leading up to the French Revolution.