Looking down the Royal Way to the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal
Thousands of people, sometimes even entire regiments, worked on the creation of the gardens, moving large amounts of soil, creating courtyards, groves, and parterres, digging the Grand Canal, and relocating trees from different regions of France. Here are a few of the garden areas we run across.
To maintain the design, the garden needs to be replanted approximately once every 100 years. Louis XVI (the last King of France, from 1774-1792) did so at the beginning of his reign and the garden was next replanted during the reign of Napoleon III (in power 1848-1870). The garden was destroyed by storms in the late 20th century, the most devastating in December 1999, and has been fully replanted since then.
Palace of Versailles, viewed from the Royal Way