Built between 1684 and 1686 by J. Hardouin-Mansart in a very pure classical style, Notre-Dame became the Royal parish church. It did not see much of the King as he had his own chapel in the Palace, but the registers contain some highly distinguished signatures appended on the occasion of the baptism, marriage or death of residents of the Palace.
Inside you can still see the pulpit and organ stool of the period, as well as the magnificent altar painting of the Assumption of the Virgin (1686) by Michel II Corneille (1642-1708).
Turned into a Temple of Reason under the Revolution, the church of Notre-Dame later saw the addition behind the choir of a large chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart (1856-1872). In the chapel on your left as you enter there are several interesting memorials - the black marble plaque concealing the heart of General Hoche, a bust of Louis XIV’s principal architect who built this church, and a plaque to the memory of J.B de La Quintinye (1624-1688), creator of the famous Potager du Roi (see Trail II).
On the right is the cenotaph of the Count de Vergennes (1717-1787), Louis XVI’s foreign minister who took France into the American War of Independence. These last two great figures, who died in Versailles, had originally been buried in the nearby church of Saint-Julien, now disappeared.
- Opening Hours - Everyday from 8.30am to 8pm. Reception is available from 10am to noon and 3pm to 7pm (only between 10am to noon on Saturdays)