National Geographic : 1925 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A SCENE AT SUNSET IN THE PARK The gardens of Versailles fall away on every side from a terrace adorned with ornamental basins, statues, and bronze groups. Westward from the Chateau extends a long greensward avenue bordered with large trees. Of the great number of objects of art that adorned the spa cious parks, but few have survived through the tragic years. © Autochromes Lumiere by Gervais Courtellemont AMONG THE FLOWERBEDS OF VERSAILLES " It was the condensed genius of a whole race that created this formal and orderly miracle of flowerbeds, sparkling water and marble; this harmonious geometrical figure, to which the sun light has lent its own dazzling magic." The formal gardens are essentially the same to-day as when first laid out in 1667-88 .