Enfilade

Ceilings of Versailles as You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Posted in today in light of the 18th century by Editor on May 27, 2012

Thanks to Mia Jackson for passing along this story by Tony Cross from Radio France Internationale (16 May 2012): “Louis XIV Railway Carriages Take to Paris-Versailles Line,” . . .

Inside one of the carriages with a reproduction of a ceiling from Versailles, Christophe Recoura/SNCF

They may look like any old beat-up railway train on the outside but inside they are decorated with reproductions of interiors from the royal château of Versailles. For the modest price of a local network ticket passengers travelling to Versailles, just outside Paris, will have a décor fit for a king. The first of five carriages decorated with reproductions of the château’s world-famous royal apartments built by Louis XIV, Louis XVI’s library and similar sumptuous scenes started running Wednesday. The others will all be in operation by the end of the year. . .

The full article is available here»

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Note (added 8 December 2012)Eleanor Beardsley reported on the story for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday (8 December 2012).