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June 2020

Recovery Story - Part I

When horses came back to the Royal Stables of the Palace of Versailles.

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Alfons Alt

The Royal Stables of Versailles were completed in 1682 by Louis XIV’s top architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, and during the 18th century, housed over 2,000 horses.

Up until the early 20th century, horses were essential for France's operations, both military and otherwise. The very last of the horses inhabited the stables through World War I.

In 2003, 85 years later, horses finally came back to the Royal Stables of Versailles, thanks to the celebrated horse trainer Bartabas, who founded the Equestrian Academy of Versailles. Now, more than 40 horses live there year around and take part in an outstanding weekly performance of horse ballet.

The Equestrian Academy of Versailles will be part of our new weekly set of experiences, which will begin as soon as our own recovery is underway.

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