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LE CHÂTEAU DE LA REINE
Si Madame de Pompadour, qui souhaitait « désennuyer le roi », fut l’instigatrice de ce petit château que Gabriel édifia dans les années 1760, c’est le souvenir de Marie-Antoinette qui plane sur l’édifice. En 1774, Louis XVI offrit le domaine de Trianon à la Reine qui put y mener une vie éloignée – trop éloignée pour certains – de la Cour.

The château of the Petit Trianon is a celebrated example of the transition from the Rococo style of the earlier part of the 18th century, to the more sober and refined, Neoclassical style of the 1760s and onward. Essentially an exercise on a cube, the Petit Trianon attracts interest by virtue of its four facades, each thoughtfully designed according to that part of the estate it would face. The Corinthian order predominates, with two detached and two semi-detached pillars on the side of the formal French garden, and pilasters facing both the courtyard and the area once occupied by Louis XV's greenhouses.

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