These buildings were slightly smaller palaces placed out in the gardens of the grounds of Versailles. The Petit Trianon was Marie Antoinette’s home, and the other, The Grand Trianon was the house where King Louis would meet with his mistress Madame de Montespan and escape the pomp of life at the court.
Dubbed the ‘Pink Palace’ due to its distinctive pink marble, the Grand Trianon was exquisite, and aside from the Hall of Mirrors, the checkered courtyard was my favourite place in the entire grounds. You can learn more about the history of the Grand Trianon, here.
The Petit Trianon, much smaller and quaint was the home which King Louis gave to his young bride, Marie Antoinette and which she decorated inside and out, mostly spending much time in her gardens. Further down the maze-like streets of the Gardens of Versailles, Marie Antoinette also had another home commissioned which is known as The Queen’s Hamlet, which she wanted to represent modest life, and which she tended to more gardens here.
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