Then and Now: Versailles

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Here’s the Galerie des Batailles (or the Gallery of Battles) from Versailles, as seen in the painting by Francois-Joseph Heim in 1837.  The painting shows the opening of the gallery   by French king Louis-Philippe I.  The gallery contains paintings depicting famous French battles and military victories.

And here’s the same room captured by Fotopedia user Thibault Chappe, uploaded in 2011.

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The hallway in my home just doesn’t seem as cool anymore.  Time in invest in floor-to-ceiling art and paint my ceilings in gold!

To see some more photos of the palace of Versailles check out the slideshow here: Fotopedia gallery Palace of Versailles.  The photos are gorgeous and do a great job of showing how rich the French monarchy was when they created the palace!

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6 Responses to Then and Now: Versailles

  1. itwasjudith says:

    it looks pretty much the same (very well preserved) except for the light – the hall appears much darker in the painting 🙂 thanks!

  2. It’s always amazing to think that people almost 200 years ago could experience the room the same way we do today when visiting this museum!

  3. TravelJackie says:

    You should see what they did to it in summer of 2012. I believe I have the pic on my blog. Think giant pink octopus. Not even kidding.

  4. TravelJackie says:

    Correction gold octopus. Pink was the hot pink helicopter in one of the rooms.

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