Louis XIV

Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain Extract from Louis XIV, Les arts, les idées (1896) - ©The British Library / Public domain

Big party! Aaah, Louis XIV looked really nice, on his white horse, proudly caracoling. Ladies chuckled and tried to be the centre of attention. But Louis only had eyes for his beloved La Vallière...

Chantilly at Condé's time - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain Chantilly at Condé's time - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

A party for the king The famous chef Vatel in Chantilly! The Grand Condé, the castle’s owner, had a big party in honour of king Louis XIV, in April 1671. Louis came 3 days. He turned up on Tuesday...

The house - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA The house - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA

A very special host! Slate turrets, a nice façade with white stones... In Bayonne, everybody knows this house! It’s known as "Louis XIV's house" because the king was hosted here when he came in the...

Adam macaroons shop - ©Peter Robinett / CC-BY Adam macaroons shop - ©Peter Robinett / CC-BY

What’s this? On the macaroons' square box, we can read paré gabéa, which means "unequalled" in Basque... Yes, really unequalled! Those round macaroons, golden and mellow, come from the pays Basque...

The façade - ©Lsmpascal / CC-BY-SA The façade - ©Lsmpascal / CC-BY-SA

The painter from Bruxelles Jean Daret made here a gorgeous staircase, in 1654, in trompe l’oeil, for Jean-François d'Aimar d'Albi, baron de Châteaurenard. Whoa! Today, the building houses a welfare...

The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA

Etymology Let’s talk etymology! Where does the name Dijeaux come from? Two possibilities. • It comes from Jove: they found an old Roman temple dedicated to this god, in the courtyard of a house...

The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA

A gate... Let’s go back to the 18th century: city of Bordeaux was, at that time, encumbered with fortified walls and medieval fortresses (the château Trompette and the fort du Hâ). They had to...

The gate - ©Rilba / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Rilba / CC-BY-SA

This gate was raised in 1674, based on plans by Pierre Bullet (disciple of Blondel), in order to commemorate Franche-Comté’s storming by king Louis XIV. Low-reliefs represent, to the south, the...

The church - ©Poulpy / CC-BY-SA The church - ©Poulpy / CC-BY-SA

On a little quiet square, here’s a gorgeous building raised in the 17th century, one of the nicest one we have in Paris! Come on, let’s go. Young Louis XIV, 7 years-old, laid down the first stone in...

The gate - ©Parsifall / CC-BY-SA The gate - ©Parsifall / CC-BY-SA

This triumphal arch was raised for Louis XIV. It commemorates the king's victories in Holland and on the river Rhine. It was built in order to mark the entrance of Paris: at the same time, they...


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