National Geographic : 1925 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THE ARCHITECTURAL TRIUMPII OF TIIE "GREAT REIGN" This palace, designed by Louis XIV as a symbol of his reign and as a monument to his great ness, originated in a hunting lodge built for Louis XIII. When its vast additions were com pleted, it housed thousands attached to the court. The long facade, toward the gardens, has 375 windows, and overlooks far-flung avenues and enchanting lawns. w Autochromes Lumiere by Gervais Courtellemont A VISTA IN THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES The grand architectural lines of the Chateau are continued in its gardens, the master plan of Le Notre, the famous landscape-gardener. Their grandeur and dignity correspond closely with the magnificence of the Chateau, and afforded a superb setting for the brilliant court life of Louis XIV.