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vudhi_c It's a shame I haven't taken enough photos of the grand staircases in Versailles. This is the only one, out of 67 staircases in Versailles, that I managed to take a shot of it, not a good one though. The Marble Staircase is also commonly known as the Queen's Staircase, made from multi-colored marble. This staircase originally only served the Queen Maria Theresa's (Louis XIV's wife) Apartment. The staircase derives its name from the incredible amounts of marble that went into the building of it. In a recess on the first floor landing is the king's coat of arms, see inset. During the riot on 6 October 1789, at dawn, the women who came to demand bread from the King, attempted to reach the Queen’s Apartments, before a chambermaid, warned by a bodyguard, bolted the door of the Grand Couvert and advised the Queen to run away. Retracing their steps, they then tried to penetrate through the King’s Guard room.
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Normal Dr. Vudhi Charumongkol
vudhi_c Salon of Diana: It was named after the goddess Diana who was the goddess of the hunt. During Louis XIV the room was used for billiard games during the evening party. It was said that Louis XIV liked it so much because he always won and was very good at billiard. The room was also known as the "chamber of applause" due to the continuous applause from the Court ladies that immediately broke out every time Louis XIV made a brilliant stroke.
The ceiling was painted by Gabriel Blanchard, “Diana Presiding Over Hunting And Navigation”. In Greek Antiquity, Diana, the goddess of hunting, was associated with the moon due to her coldness. The mouldings are decorated with hunting scenes of heroes of the Antiquity. It is apparently the obvious reference to Louis XIV as he was a great hunter himself.
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le_gemmologue Cause this place will be ever a symbol - #MyRepublic #MyFrance #iamcharlie 2d

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vudhi_c Salon of War: The room commemorates the military conquests of the Dutch War. It was made in 1678 and was finished off with Le Brun's decoration in 1786. The overall decor depicts the victories of France. The stucco relief, with depiction of an heroic Louis XIV, is the focal point of the Salon of War. The sculpture is set amid polychrome marbles and gilt bronze reliefs and was made by the sculptor Antoine Coysevox. Louis XIV is on a horseback trampling his enemies - another way to underline the glorious monarch.
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vudhi_c Salon of Peace: the main theme of the salon is the peace brought to Europe by France. The fireplace is carved from green marble and the large oval shape above the fireplace was painted by François Lemoyne in 1729 and depicts Louis XIV himself granting peace to Europe by giving out olive branches. It depicts the ruler at the age of 19, seeking an olive branch and receiving his two oldest daughters at the hand of Fertility and the Pietà. The Discorde, which appears in the background, is unable to open the doors of the temple of Janus.
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Normal Dr. Vudhi Charumongkol
vudhi_c The Hall of Mirrors (French: Galerie des Glaces) is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles. Construction of the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678. The principal feature of this hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces.

During the 17th century, the Hall of Mirrors was used daily by Louis XIV when he walked from his private apartment to the chapel. However, of all the events that transpired in this room during the reign of Louis XIV, the Siamese Embassy of 1685–1686 must be cited as the most opulent. The Siamese embassy to France in 1686 was the second such mission from the Kingdom of Siam (modern Thailand). The embassy was sent by King Narai and led by ambassador Kosa Pan. This embassy was preceded by the First Siamese Embassy to France, which had been composed of two Siamese ambassadors and Father Bénigne Vachet, who had left Siam for France on January 5, 1684. Kosa Pan's embassy was met with a rapturous reception and caused a sensation in the courts and society of Europe. The mission landed at the French port of Brest before continuing its journey to Versailles, constantly surrounded by crowds of curious onlookers.

The "exotic" clothes as well as manners of the envoys (including their kowtowing to Louis XIV during their visit to him on September 1, 1686), together with a special "machine" that was used to carry King Narai's missive to the French monarch caused much comment in French high society. The machine is called butsabok (บุษบก) in Thai. Kosa Pan's great interest in French maps and images was commented upon in a contemporary issue of the Mercure Galant.
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  •   uncleold Very interesting 2d
  •   vudhi_c @uncleold Thanks!!! 2d
  •   artizize @vudhi_c Louis was masterful at using fashion to , interestingly, control the nobility under one location. A misplaced button on your collar or chemise would be your downfall at Versailles. 1d
  •   vudhi_c @merlinmoonsandiego Thanks!!! 1d
  •   vudhi_c @artizize I heard that too. Thank you very much for sharing interesting and invaluable information! It's been immensely appreciated!!! 1d
  •   artizize @vudhi_c Louis XIV's father and grandfather before him (Henry IV, "le Bonne") had extremely powerful Ministers who, like Richelieu, in lieu of Louis XIV taking the throne at a very young age and being VERY aware of his God chosen position, tried to control Louis and it is an unsubstantiated claim that Mazarin was Louis's father. There isn't supporting documentation to this theory. 10h
  •   vudhi_c Thanks for sharing!!! My reading says Mazarin is just his chief minister. 9h

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