André Le Nôtre







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 12, 2013
Categories: General News

If you have ever wondered who designed the gardens of the “Palace of Versailles” you will find it interesting to learn more about André Le Nôtre. He was the person responsible for the design and construction of the Gardens and the park at the Palace of Versailles.

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The Palace of Versailles or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the le-de-France region of France. In French it is the Château de Versailles.

When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometers southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancient Régime.

As you can see from the above the “Palace of Versailles” have played an important role in the early years of France, and today it is next to the Eiffel Tower one of the most popular tourism destinations in France, and therefore interesting to know that André Le Nôtre was the designer of the gardens at Versailles.

Prior to working on Versailles, André Le Nôtre collaborated with Louis Le Vau and Charles Le Brun on the park at Vaux-le-Vicomte. His other works include the design of gardens and parks at Chantilly, Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud, and Saint-Germain. André Le Nôtre contribution to planning was also significant: at the Tuileries he extended the westward vista, which later became the avenue of the Champs-Élysées and comprise the Axe historique.

In 1662 he provided designs for Greenwich Park in London, for Charles II of England. In 1670 Le Nôtre conceived a project for the Castle of Racconigi in Italy, and between 1674 and 1698 he remodeled the gardens of Venaria Reale, near Turin. In 1679, he visited Italy. His later advice was provided for Charlottenburg Palace and château de Cassel in Germany, and with plans for Windsor Castle.

In the André Le Nôtre Google Doodle you can see what resembles his work, if you look carefully you will see the word Google written in the André Le Nôtre Google Doodle.