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The Palace of Versailles creates the Perfumer's Garden thanks to the patronage of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian has become a patron of the Château de Versailles to support the creation of the Perfumer's Garden. Located in the Châteauneuf orangery, in the heart of the Trianon estate, this garden will bring together hundreds of floral essences and will open its doors in the spring of 2023.

The result of an exceptional synergy between the Trianon gardeners and Francis Kurkdjian, the Perfumer's Garden will present hundreds of fragrant essences in the spirit of the 17th century Trianon gardens.

Historical plants (roses, jasmines...), some with original smells (chocolate, apple...), others with bad smells and "silent" flowers such as hyacinths, peonies and violets will compose this exceptional garden.

Visitors can also learn about the history of perfume at the court of Versailles. From the 17th century, when Louis XIV had the Porcelain Trianon built, which later became the Grand Trianon, flowers became fashionable and the gardens of Trianon were abundantly supplied with flowers with strong perfumes. At the same time, perfumes became the object of a real craze at the court of Versailles, which became, at the end of the 17th century, the cradle of the profession of perfumer.

Francis Kurkdjian's career has long been intimately linked to the Palace of Versailles. After training at the Versailles perfumery school, he reinterpreted Marie-Antoinette's perfume "Sillage de la Reine" a few years later, based on historical documents. In 2006, Marc Chaya - co-founder of Maison Francis Kurkdjian - and Francis Kurkdjian worked together to create the olfactory installation "Soleil de Minuit" for the Versailles Off festival. Finally, during the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes 2007 and 2008, the perfumer created an olfactory experience in the gardens of the Château.

With the Perfumer's Garden, visitors will discover Versailles in a different light thanks to a bucolic visit in the heart of a garden that was previously closed to the public.

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