Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gardens of Versailles


I visit the Château de Versailles every time I travel to Paris - both destinations are close to my heart, and as a long-standing member of Les Amis de Versailles, I also "own" a tree in the Trianon Gardens. The newly decorated RER train (photos here) provides a beautiful first glance for newcomers to the castle.

The Gardens of Versailles occupy part of what was once the Domaine royal de Versailles, the Château of Versailles. The gardens cover some 1760 acres/800 hectares (see below statistics)


Size: 800 ha.
Number of trees: 200,000
Flowers planted annually: 210,000
Number of fountains: 50
Number of jets of water: 620
Surface area of the Grand Canal: 23 ha.
Perimeter of the Grand Canal: 5.57 km
Amount of piping to feed the fountains: 35 km.
Amount of water consumed by the fountains
during the ‘‘Grandes Eaux’’:
3,600 m3
Source: Wikipedia/Official site of the Château de Versailles

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