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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC


18th century


The chapel was one of Louis XIV's last projects for Versailles.

He only got to use it for 5 years before he died.

The king would attend mass here every day.

He would sit on the upper level - under a painting of himself in full battle gear!

He would only go downstairs for special celebrations.

The chapel was dedicated to himself and Saint Louis - patron saint of Louis XIV's Bourbon monarchy.

The Bourbons were one of the oldest ruling royal families in Europe - ruling uninterruptedly from 87-1792 and then 1814-1848!

The two Ls near the altar refer to both Louis XIV and Saint Louis.

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


The Gardens

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