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5/30.- Chateau of Versailles, State apartments, pictures

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The State Apartments were built to glorify Louis XIV, the Sun King. A big hall --the Abundance Salon -- leads to four smaller rooms dedicated to the mythological gods of Venus, Diana, Mars, Mercury, and Apollo.

Charles Le Brun directed the decoration of the rooms in the New Palace. He led a team of artists of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture who decorated the room ceilings. In these rooms there are also some works of art by famous contemporary artists, like Veronese's "Christ at Supper with Simon" and François Lemoyne's "Apotheosis of Hercules".

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