The lovely Orangerie building was designed by Mansart in the 1680s, surrounded by ordered walkways and patterned parterre gardens.
Citrus trees were stored here over winter, and today some of the lemon and pomegranate trees are more than 200 years old.
The Orangerie’s row of arched windows look onto a circular pool and lines of potted trees, including palms, oleanders and orange trees. The statues that once decorated the walkways are now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The west wing of the Palace of Versailles looks onto the Orangerie, between the South Parterre and the Swiss Lake.
You can sneak a lovely view of the Orangerie from the windows lining the Queen’s Grand Apartment rooms.
Tours & Tickets
Step back in time to Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign and marvel at the opulent luxury of the Royal Courts on this 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour with ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
The chateau and gardens of Versailles are absolute must-sees beyond Paris. You have the option of attending the famous Fountain Show during the summer months. ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)