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10/30.- Chateau of Versailles, Apollo Drawing room

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Louis XV's reign would last 59 years, from 1715 to 1774. When he was 15 he married the daughter of the king of Poland, Maria Leszczinska. His reign was very prosperous, thanks to the demographic growth, the technical progress and the lasting peace.

The court's elegance and refinement came to its peak when the king met Madame de Pompadour. Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was the daughter of a rich Parisian family. She was well known for her beauty, intelligence and elegance. She was the king's lover for five years, but their friendship lasted till the king's death.

Madame de Pompadour took part in the decoration of the castles --Grand and Petite Trianon--, where she organized sophisticated parties.

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