The Fountains Show at the palace of Versailles were inaugurated in 1666 by Louis XIV. At that time water supply was a technical
challenge to match the Sun King’s ambition. It required colossal construction work.
The Grandes Eaux is an enchanting show with the fountains running in full-play with a musical background that visitors discover wandering in the gardens. There are eight walks or sound areas matched with pieces mostly from Lully but also from Desmarets, Gluck and Rameau.
The show only takes place on week ends from April to October and at night the Grandes Eaux nocturnes are organized on week ends in July and August.
The Fountains Show
The Apollo fountain depicts Apollo conqueror on his chariot pulled by four horses representing force and ardour, getting out of the water among sea monsters to enlighten the Earth as he represents the rising Sun. In Versailles all the statues of Apollo, the sun god, represent Louis XIV, the sun king.
The grand final of the Fountains Show takes place at the Neptune fountain. The construction of this fountain lasted more than a century. The twenty two jets in the middle of the fountain, the twenty two jets from the vases adorned with marine animals plus the presentation jets allow a combination of about a hundred special effects. The fountain represents Neptune, the god of seas and oceans, his wife, dragons, and Cupids.
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