Date: 20 Jan 2024, 9:00am - 11:00am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Unlock the Hidden Stories of Versailles: A Virtual Tour of the Grand Apartments
Under the esteemed patronage of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, we are delighted to announce our upcoming virtual tours of the Palace of Versailles. This groundbreaking program will bring live guided visits of the remarkable Grand Apartments to the residents of the Bay Area for the very first time. This outstanding technological feat marks a significant milestone for AF Silicon Valley. We are honored to have the esteemed presence of Consul General Frédéric Jung at the launch of this series, and we are excited to offer French pastries provided by our sponsor, Manresa Bread.
Dive into the Rich History of Versailles
Prepare to immerse yourself in the captivating history of Versailles through an exclusive virtual tour of the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, accompanied by the awe-inspiring Hall of Mirrors. This unforgettable experience will transport you beyond the constraints of time, allowing you to uncover the enthralling tales that unfolded within the opulent walls of the Palace.
Unveiling the Grand Apartments
Once the hub of official acts and court ceremonies, the Grand Apartments of the King faded into the annals of history, while the Queen's dwelling has stood the test of time, evolving with the changing tastes of each reigning queen. From the comfort of your own home, be guided through these iconic spaces by our experienced tour guide, Philippe Maillet. His expertise will illuminate the architectural marvels and historical significance of the Grand Apartments.
Enhanced Virtual Exploration
Thanks to state-of-the-art 3D technology and high-definition photographs, participants will embark on a unique and immersive remote visit. Witness the grandeur of Versailles like never before as you delve into the intricate details of the Queen's apartment, discovering the indelible imprints left behind by each queen who resided there.
Live Commentary and Anecdotes
Join our virtual guide as they provide live historical commentary, enriched with fascinating anecdotes, creating a dynamic and engaging journey through time. After the tour, there will be a Q&A session led by Véronique Vassout, Cultural Advisor at AF Silicon Valley, where you can further deepen your understanding of the Grand Apartments and Versailles.
Our Guide: Philippe Maillet
Passionate about art history, Philippe Maillet embarked on a journey that led him to specialize in Islamic arts at the Sorbonne University. His studies focused on the blending of cultures and the architectural crossover between France and North Africa. With experience in the protection and restoration of Islamic heritage, Philippe expanded his knowledge at the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville. He later pursued classical studies at the prestigious Ecole du Louvre, where he delved into musicology and conservation. Philippe's dedication to art led him to work at the Antoine de Galbert Foundation, collaborating on the setting of the Ann Hamilton temporary exhibition. With over a decade of experience in promoting contemporary art and making it accessible to a wide audience, Philippe decided to return to his passion for ancient periods and artifacts, becoming a lecturer to guide diverse audiences in museums. Through his work with Point Parole agency, Philippe has been involved in notable institutions such as the Louvre, Orsay Museums, and Versailles Palace, reconnecting society with its heritage and bridging the gap between the past and the present.
Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to unlock the secrets of Versailles and gain exclusive insights into the lives of the monarchs who once graced these hallowed halls. This virtual tour promises an unforgettable blend of history, technology, and storytelling.
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