AFTER THE RENOVATION OF THE LATONA FOUNTAIN AND PARTERRES, FOLLOWED BY THAT OF TRIANON-SOUS-BOIS, FONDATION PHILANTHROPIA IS ONCE AGAIN COMMITTING TO THE PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF THE PALACE, MUSEUM AND NATIONAL ESTATE OF VERSAILLES FOR A MAJOR PROJECT: THE RENOVATION OF THE ROYAL CHAPEL.
FINISHED IN 1710 BY ROBERT DE COTTE, completing an unfinished project undertaken by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1687, the Royal Chapel of Versailles was the result of a lengthy and complex construction process, and is probably the most successful feature of the Palace. The nobility of its architecture and the exceptional quality of the decor make the building one of the great masterpieces of sacred art. The last great project carried out at Versailles under the reign of Louis XIV, the chapel is considered the Sun King’s spiritual testament.
THE LAST LARGE-SCALE WORKS to restore the building date back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the precarious condition of the roof and sculpted exterior decor are easily visible, requiring urgent renovation work upon both the enclosed and open structures. The work will start in the 1st quarter of 2017 under the supervision of the Head Architect for Historical Monuments, Frédéric Didier, restoring the framework, slate work, leaden ornaments and gilding, cut stone façades, as well as statuary and windows.
SINCE 2012, FONDATION PHILANTHROPIA has been generously supporting the Palace of Versailles in priority restauration works intended to preserve our heritage. These renovation projects require the services of a variety of highly-skilled professions, offering an opportunity for the transmission of classical techniques and know-how and contributing to the training of apprentices destined to form part of tomorrow’s new generation of arts craftsmen.
When Fondation Philanthropia enabled us to restore the Latona Fountain, there was a sense of regret about the Royal Chapel, which was in need of indispensable renovation, then as now. In providing us with its support on this new worksite, Fondation Philanthropia is helping us to protect this great architectural project — commissioned by Louis XIV – in a manner that its unique decor deserves.
Catherine Pégard, President of the Public Institution of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles.
The partnership between the Palace of Versailles and Fondation Philanthropia led to the renovation of the Latona Fountain and that of the Grand Trianon. These projects were exemplary in their conduct and their results. These successes inspired us to the take up the challenge of helping to restore the Royal Chapel. As in the past, we remain faithful to our priorities in terms of impact: to offer apprentices training experience in the artistic crafts needed by the Palace of Versailles, and attract other sponsors in the joint financing or in the contribution of skills.
Denis Pittet, President of Fondation Philanthropia.
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