The Royal Stables

The immense Royal Stables at Versailles Palace indicate the importance of horses at the time.

Two stables, namely the Great and Small stables, are distinguished based on their purpose rather than their size.

Jules Hardouin-Mansart was the architect who managed the construction of the two structures in three years.

The symmetrical Royal Stables are located in front of the Palace and are decorated with beautiful sculptures.

Although they are the same size, the two structures have slightly distinct floor designs. 

Both are constructed around a central courtyard with a semi-circle at one end that leads to an indoor arena.

Nearly 1,500 personnel, including squires, pages, coachmen, messengers, chair bearers, stablemen, blacksmiths, saddlers, musicians, horse surgeons, etc., worked here during Louis XIV’s reign.

The Versailles Royal Stables housed more than 2,000 horses in the 18th century.

Today, the Royal Stables have various structures and collections, including the Versailles National School of Architecture, the Versailles Equestrian Academy, and the Centre for Research and Restoration of the French Museums.

Featured Image: Chateauversailles.fr

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