First virtual tour of Palace of Versailles opens to China



The Palace of Versailles in Paris, France. /CFP

Art enthusiasts in Shanghai are in for a real treat as a virtual exhibition of the splendid Palace of Versailles opened on Saturday, bringing audiences a visual feast as well as an immersive journey into the palace.

Under the theme of "Virtually Versailles," the exhibition, which was created by more than 600 artists in digital and creative industries from seven nations, aims to meet audiences from across the globe through innovative tools, such as 360-degree video, holograms and virtual reality.

There are 11 exhibition halls in total, showcasing four themes that could represent the best of the kingdom of France, including nature, fashion, history and humanity. From the hunting lodge of Louis XIII in the 17th century, to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, visitors can have an opportunity to understand its history and instill the desire for a future in-person visit.

Poster of the "Virtually Versailles" exhibition. /The Palace of Versailles official website

Internationally-renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian designed a special perfume for the exhibition, in a bid to highlight this multi-sensory journey. The unique fragrance is based on King Louis XIV's favorite flower and exudes an orange blossom aroma.

"This is the first grand meeting of the cooperation between China and France, and a new milestone of cultural exchanges between the two countries," Benoit Guidée, French Consulate General in Shanghai said, adding that through this virtual exhibition, Chinese audiences can immerse themselves in the Palace of Versailles and have a better understanding of French art and culture.

The Palace of Versailles, one of the most popular historical sites for tourists visiting France, is famous for its building and garden design, as well as the representation of French cultural and royal history.

The exhibition will run until May 31.