SURUGUE, Louis
(b. ca. 1686, Paris, d. 1762, Grand-Vaux)

Escalier des Ambassadeurs in Versailles

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Engraving
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

The great staircase or Escalier des Ambassadeurs in the palace of Versailles was designed by Louis Le Vau (1612-1670) but was only begun in 1671, the year after his death. The rooms in which the festivities of the Court took place were approached by this spectacular staircase.