A History of the Gardens of Versailles
University of Pennsylvania Press, Incorporated, Jul 30, 2008 - Architecture - 285 pages
The gardens of Versailles are perhaps the most famous in the world. The scale of the gardens is monumental, with a sense of openness to the horizon. They express the spirit of seventeenth-century science with their geometrical layout and with their interest in optics, evidenced by the reflecting mirrors of the water parterres and of the Grand Canal. The original park design, realized by Andr Le Ntre, the king himself, and a few advisers, has never been altered. Its main axis runs from east to west to celebrate the Sun King, and Louis XIV was so involved in the creation and maintenance of his gardens that he wrote The Way to Present the Gardens of Versailles to make sure that they were properly enjoyed.