View of the garden from the central window of the Hall of Mirrors, Château de Versailles.
View of the garden from the central window of the Hall of Mirrors, Château de Versailles. Image: Michal Osmenda Wikimedia CC BY SA 2.0

Marie Antoinette’s private garden at the Palace of Versailles will get an extensive restoration

The 17th century garden is one of Europe’s most visited tourist attraction. It will be restored to the condition believed to have existed in 1776, the year of its completion.

Ever since its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, plans of restoration have been made and stalled due to the difficulty of determining the true ‘original condition’ of the 2,000 acre garden. At long last restoration has begun in phases: Bosquet de la Reine (Queen’s Groove – Marie Antoinette’s private garden) has been restored at the cost of 2 million Euros.

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