Quinconce du Nord and the Quinconce du Midi, Versailles

Quinconce du Nord and the Quinconce du Midi, Versailles

The gardens of Versailles are extensive and full of water features, lawns and bosquets. You will find the Quinconce du Nord and the Quinconce du Midi between the Latonia Fountain and the Bosquet des Rocailles.

A “quinconce” is a quincunx and, for those of us who were never top of the class in Latin, it is a geometric pattern, elaborated by Pythagoras, consisting of four objects arranged in a square or a rectangle with a 5th object in the centre (like the five dots on a playing dice or domino).

The quincunxes at Versailles were laid out in 1660 by André le Notre and were simply named The Two Bosquets. In 1696 they were rebuilt and named the Bosquet de la Girandole with a pool and a fountain featuring a flower arrangement at its centre, and the Bosquet du Dauphin with a pool and a fountain representing a dolphin in its centre.

During a replanting program in 1775 both bosquets were destroyed and lime trees were planted in their place. It was at this time they were named the Quinconce du Nord (the Bosquet du Dauphin) and Midi (the Bosquet de la Girandole).

After the Great Storm of 1999, when a large part of Versailles was devastated by the wind, an extensive reforestation program was launched and during this the lime trees were cut down and the two bosquets were restored to their original state and reclaimed their original names.

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Sight Name: Quinconce du Nord and the Quinconce du Midi
Sight Location: Versailles, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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