The Gardens at Versailles

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Louis XIV loved the gardens at Versailles as much and maybe even more than he did the Château. Practically up until the day he died, he presided over the work they involved, walked in them often, set his most sumptuous festivities in them as a backdrop, and accompanied his most important guests there as well as foreign ambassadors. Accentuated by representations drawn from Greco-roman mythology, the extraordinary beauty of the gardens served as a "personification" of power.

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