Not far from the main palace are smaller estates Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon. Sadly, I lost my memory card and I cannot seem to recount the order of my photos. I liked the two smaller chateaus as compared to the main one. I reckon the vastness of the main chateau seemed to be overwhelming.
The Grand Trianon served as a retreat for the King where he also invited guests to escape the rigors of the court. Aside from Louis XIV, other notable residents included his sister-in-law, Princess Palatine, his son-in-law duc de Charles and Queen consort of France, Marie Leszczynska. Marie-Antoinette would occasionally visit Grand Trianon but preferred the Petit Trianon, gifted to her by Louis XVI.
The Petit Trianon was Marie-Antoinette’s haven away from the strict etiquette of the court. In here, she enjoyed her privacy and time away from the royal court. None were permitted to come here unless invited by the Queen.
As a first time visitor, I was quite overwhelmed by the grandeur of the entire chateau. Even though I’m a just a guest, this was definitely my first time to experience grandiosity. The architecture of the palace was heavily influenced by French Baroque style, characterized of the intricate and complex shapes. The interior consists of richly-woven fabrics or brocades, heavy gilded plaster molding, and heavy marbling.
Although beautiful, it is pretty sad to imagine how much of the French gold went to the construction and decoration of the palace while many of the people suffer from poverty. Seeing the once-seat of French power, it was nostalgic to see how much changes had occurred in our society.