Outside the palace, you can find the Gardens, a range of elaborately planned and decorated grounds which show how the King used to ‘control’ everything, even nature.
The Greco-Roman themes display the power of the King and the symmetry of the structure gives a sensation of incomparable beauty.
There are several elements which make these gardens unique: in the Orangery, Louis XIV used to grow orange trees to amaze his visitors; trees from all over the world; the Grand Canal, which divides the gardens into two parts. Then, you can also find beautiful fountains, such as the Latona Basin, a round fountain which tells the story of the birth of Apollo, and the Apollo Basin, where the sun god starts his journey, in his chariot, across the sky.
In spring and summertime, during the fountains shows called Les Jardins Musicaux and Les Grandes Eaux Musicales, you can have a relaxing walk while listening to some music and enjoying the fountain activity (for any additional information click here).