Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gilded Gates of the Sun King

The front gate at the Chateau du Versailles : Versailles, FR

I have a ton of photos from Versailles, so I'm coming back to that for a bit. The main gate at Versailles was really breathtaking. The symbols of Louis the XIV are replete in this gate. The French believed their kings were divinely appointed. The globe with the triple fleur-de-lys is symbolic of the Holy Trinity, while the crown above it symbolizes Louis' divine right. The double L's are his unique stamp.

The gold leafing is new and part of the ongoing restoration work. In the sunlight, this gate and surrounding fences glow and are shining examples of the excesses of the monarchy in that period of history in France.

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 6/10

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