The Château de Marly was a relatively small French royal residence located in what has become Marly-le-Roi, the commune that existed at the edge of the royal park. The town that originally grew up to service the château is now a dormitory community for Paris.At the Château of Marly, Louis XIV of France escaped from the formal rigors he was constructing at Versailles. Small rooms meant less company, and simplified protocol; courtiers, who fought among themselves for invitations to Marly, were housed in a revolutionary design of twelve pavilions built in matching pairs flanking the central sheets of water, which were fed one from the other by prim formalized cascades (illustration, right).The château is no more, nor the hydraulic "machine" that pumped water for Versailles. Only the foundation of Jules Hardouin-Mansart's small château, the pavillon du Roi remains at the top of the slope in Marly park.HistoryThe works at Marly were begun in the spring of 1679, on 22 May, before Louis had moved his court permanently to Versailles. The king was looking for a retreat on well-wooded royal lands between Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye that were well-watered and provided a grand view. Marly was chosen.Robert Berger has demonstrated that the design of Marly was a full collaboration between Jules Hardouin-Mansart and the premier peintre Charles Le Brun, who were concurrently working on the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles. Mansart's elevations for the pavilions were to be frescoed to designs adapted from a suite that Le Brun had recently drawn and the frescoed exteriors of the otherwise somewhat severe buildings created a richly Baroque ensemble of feigned sculptures against draperies and hangings, with vases on feigned sculptural therms against the piers— all in the somewhat eclectic Olympian symbolism that Le Brun and the King favoured everywhere at Versailles.Take a look at our Marly-le-Roi driving holiday tool to schedule your visit to Parc de Marly and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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En se promenant dans ce parc historique Meme sans le château et les pavillon s, c'est toujours un réel bonheur de s'y promener more »Strolling through this historic park even without the Castle and the s flag, it's always a real pleasure to walk
Très joli parc situé proche du centre ville ancien de Marly. Laisser vous emporter par la beauté du lieu. Lever les yeux et decouvrer le vieux marly. more »Very nice Park located close to the old city center of Marly. You carried away by the beauty of the place. Lift your eyes and discover the old marly.
Nous sommes venus nous promener dans ce parc et il faut reconnaitre qu'il est plutôt agréable. Il y en a pour tous les goûts : des coins bien aménagés, d'autres plus sauvages. Dans certains secteurs, ... more »We came walking through this park and we must recognize that it is rather nice. There is something for everyone: from well-planned corners, others more wild. In some areas, the prospects are worked, Garden way French. In others, the forest is maintained and wide paths crossing. In others, the vegetation is dense, the narrow paths (attention to the presence of ticks). Overall, it is not clumped as in the gardens of Versailles or seals. So a good place for quiet walks.
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