News, Editorial 1 July 2016

Royal Stables of Versailles

The Royal Stables of Versailles’ castle started around 1680, under King Louis XIV. During that time, the King’s Court traveled a lot and about 250 horses were needed. The number of horses, personnel but carriages encourage the creation of the royal stables. King Louis XIV ordered the constructions in 1662, on the right-side building, in front of his castle, for about 50 horses. But there was not enough space for all the Court’s horses, so Jules Hardouin Mansart was nominated to create new stables. He chose to build them of the area where Noailles and Guitry-Lauzun’s private mansions were. The stables had to be sumptuous as they represent the King’s power.

Once they were built, the royal stables were filled with the best riders, special guest and the King and his family. The stables were a model for Europe. The King often had different breeds of horses: English and Irish for hunting and war and Spanish for shows.

The royal stables were inaugurated between 1678 and 1680, on Place d’Armes, in front of the castle, with the Grandes Ecuries on the level side and the Petites Ecuries on the right. In the Grandes Ecuries were mainly war and hunting horses and it was there that riders took their classes. In the Petites Ecuries were only carriage horses and it also was a storage place for carriages and carts.

Today, the Grandes Ecuries are the Académie du spectacle équestre de Bartabas with 40 horses and the Museum of Carriage. The Petites Ecuries are administration offices.

Source : Histoire pour tous

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Hemaa Thiagarajan

le 01 July 2016