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Versailles Fountains

By Viator, January 2012

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Louis XIV, the Sun King, was not satisfied with ruling over the French people, or building the most magnificent palace in the world; at Versailles he was also determined to have mastery over water.

In 1666, building a fountain was not as easy as laying some pipes and turning on the tap – water was a scarce commodity in rural France and massive and expensive construction works were required to fulfill Louis’ dream of dancing water.

There are over 30 fountains at Versailles, the most famous being the Apollo fountain, with its horses pulling the god’s chariot, and the Neptune fountain featuring the god of the oceans with his wife, some dragons and a smattering of sea life. Neptune took over a century to complete and was therefore officially opened by the next generation, King Louis XV. Other fountains represent the four seasons: Saturn for winter, Flora for spring, Ceres for summer, and Bacchus for autumn.

During the weekends from April to October, the fountains run in full play to musical accompaniment. This Grandes Eaux fulfills Louis XIV’s ambitious dream of water at play, leading you through the expansive gardens and amazing you with the height of the jets and visionary scale of the themed fountains.

In July and August this water show also runs in the evenings with the fountains spectacularly lit. There are eight paths you can follow for different musical and visual experiences. The Sun King may finally have been satisfied.

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Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) on a full-day tour. ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.64

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 178 Reviews

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Location: Paris, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Musical Fountains Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend your day at the enchanting Gardens of Versailles and enjoy the must-see Versailles fountain shows. Noted in the UNESCO World Heritage list, these ...  Read more

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Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Fountains Night Show and Fireworks with Optional Royal Serenade Dance Show

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Experience Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) at night, when they are transformed by music and fountain displays. These grand performances are ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Palace of Versailles Tour with Night Fountain Show

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and see a spectacular night fountain show on this half-day tour. Your ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.16

2-Day Versailles Tour with Fountain Show

Experience the best of Versailles on an overnight tour that includes accommodation, guided tours of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $294.61

Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Musical Gardens

Spend a day in the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) and discover its 13 groves while you listen to the accompanying sounds of classical music. This ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: Varies

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Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

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See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

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Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small group tour from Paris. With a maximum of only eight per group, this small group trip to ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
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