I’ve written before that my grandfather, Willie Benoit, was stationed in Dijon, France during WWI. While there, he visited other parts of the country, including Le Mans, Reims, Paris and Dole. When he returned to Louisiana, not only did he return with an album full of photos, he also brought home postcards of Versailles and Dole. I will share some of the postcards and photos for the next few Military Mondays. Today’s post features the fountains of Versailles.
Fountains of Versailles
Versailles must have been an incredibly beautiful sight for a soldier who had witnessed the horrors and destruction of war.
Latona Fountain dates back to the 1600s. If you compare my grandfather’s photos with current images of the fountain, nothing seems to have changed. The fountain looks exactly the way he saw it.
Neptune Pond and Fountain
The Neptune fountain was built between 1679 and 1681 and features ninety-nine water effects.
Apollo FountainThe gilded lead Apollo fountain features the god Apollo on his chariot.
Grotto of Apollo
This features a sculpture of Apollo being bathed by nymphs. Water descends from rocks to a pond below.
Bosquet des Rocailles
The cascade in the Bosquet des Rocailles was designed as an amphitheater.
- The Fountains on the Official Versailles website (opens in a new window)
- You Tube Video – A Tour of the fountains of Versailles by Burton Holmes (opens in a new window)
About Military Monday
We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing Geneabloggers series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.