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Parque Forestal la Marquesa — Guaynabo, Guaynabo Municipio
«Me hubiera gustado más especies de mariposas en el mariposario.»(2 Tips)
«Costo por entrada $6.00 adultos, $3.00 niños y seniors.»(2 Tips)
«Las mariposas son hermosas»(2 Tips)
«Place is fantastic!! Cheap (barato) and really clean!»(2 Tips)
18 Tips y reseñas
- bueno para familias
Esta todo muy bueno. Y el precio esta excelente. Me hubiera gustado más especies de mariposas en el mariposario. Solo vi monarcas. Pero lo recomiendo.
Buen lugar para celebrar cumpleaños… Los niños pueden correr y jugar en un ambiente rodeado de naturaleza…
Lleven mucha agua y refrigerios…!!! Necesita mejorar algunas cosas pero esta muy bonito. Ayuden a mantenerlo, no tirando basura.
Excelente lugar para disfrutar de la naturaleza. Los dinosaurios están en mal estado, no tienen advertencias de no tocar y las personas los han maltratado mucho…
La entrada tiene un costo de $3 por adulto, $2 por niños menores de 12 años y $1 por el auto. Puede hacer reservaciones para actividades. Abre de martes a domingo de 9:00 am a 5:00 pm.
Esta fue una experiencia SÚPER buena!! Sobre todo paramos hijos y sobrinos!!!
Bien bonito, personal super servicial y agradable! Perfecto para un día familiar!!
Excelente lugar para caminar, es muy bonito.
Las mariposas son hermosas
Costo por entrada $6.00 adultos, $3.00 niños y seniors. No hay cafeterías.
El mariposario y aviario estan bien chulos pero tienen que mejorar la transportación.
Super nice y cerca de el area metro
This place has a lot of attractions for a cheap price. Kids will love the aviary and the butterfly house. It’s awsome
Place is fantastic!! Cheap and really clean! A must when you come to Puerto Rico.
Such a pretty place! But directions to get there were totally wrong.
Great place to have a great time with your family and friends.
Awesome place to soend you Sunday morning!!!
Bring a picknic basket with you this place is awsome
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5 parques mega divertidos en Guaynabo
24 de enero de 2019 / Puerto Rico
Hoy está bueno para pasar un rato divertido que nos ayude a sacudir el ajetreo rutinario. Sin embargo, muchas veces no sabemos dónde encontrar estos preciados rincones o hacia dónde dirigirnos. En ese caso, ¿qué tal si esta vez te unes a explorar unos de los mejores parques en Guaynabo? Esta ciudad cuenta con uno para todo tipo de gusto y plan. Así que aventúrate en este recorrido para comiences a planear tu día. Conoce más sobre estos cinco escenarios verdes fantásticos.
- Parque Apolo
- Santa Rosa
- Parque Lineal Urbano Desiderio
- Parque Crissy González
- Parque Forestal La Marquesa
Ya sea para dar una caminadita después del trabajo, para los fines de semana en familia, o para salir un rato del ruido de la ciudad. Los siguientes parques como el Forestal de Guaynabo son perfectos destinos cuando se buscan momentos de tranquilidad y diversión. ¿Quieres saber lo que puedes encontrar en cada uno de ellos? No se diga más.
1. Parque Apolo
¿Eres de los que tiene como interés el ejercicio en zonas naturales? El parque Apolo es un parque pasivo en Guaynabo que funciona como gimnasio al aire libre, ya que cuenta con máquinas para ejercitarse en sus áreas verdes. A propósito, este espacio tranquilo te brindará lo necesario para que logres ejercitarte todos los días.
Además, el parque Apolo cuenta con cancha de baloncesto y de tenis, un área de juegos con columpios y chorreras para los más pequeñines. Para esos días de mucho sol, encontrarás un gazebo y banquitos por si prefieres hacer algo más relajado como leer un libro, escuchar música o simplemente conversar.
2. Granja educativa en Santa Rosa
A veces buscamos un parque diferente para disfrutar con los niños y proveerles un espacio donde pueden liberar su inagotable energía. Para un plan como este, les encantaría todo lo que ofrece el parque ubicado en Santa Rosa, Guaynabo. Este parque es una granja educativa que le permite a los niños tener contacto directo con la naturaleza y fomentar el amor por el bienestar de los animales.
Además de conocer acerca de los animales y de cómo viven, los niños podrán tener experiencias tales como pasear en un poni, alimentar las cabritas y ovejas, o hasta ver el proceso de ordeñar una vaca. También podrás interactuar con machinas, un trencito, una casa de árbol, bumper cars y otras atracciones para que la diversión nunca termine.
3. Parque Lineal Urbano Desiderio
Justo en la Calle Rafael Martínez Nadal se encuentra el Parque Lineal Urbano Desiderio de Guaynabo. Aquí podrás gritar y animarte con el “en sus marcas, listo, ¡fuera!”. Si lo que quieres es superar tu marca para llegar a la meta o divertirte haciendo una competición de carreras con tus amigos, aquí podrás hacerlo utilizando la pista de correr. Por otro lado, el paseo lineal es conveniente para pedalear tu bicicleta, correr patines o patineta mientras disfrutas del verdor y la brisa.
Los columpios y chorreras también complementan el espacio y le brinda sana diversión a los niños. Mientras ellos juegan, aprovecha las glorietas y banquitos que te permiten tener un momento más tranquilo y de merecido descanso. Y para que no te tengas que preocupar por el parking puedes descomplicarte utilizando la app de Uber. ¡Súper conveniente!
4. Parque Crissy González
El Parque Crissy González en Guaynabo es un parque que puedes disfrutar con amigos y familiares. Es un buen lugar para correr o caminar… lo que tú prefieras. Cuenta con área de juegos para niños y canchas de baloncesto y tenis. Por las mañanas se suelen ofrecer clases de zumba y aeróbicos.
Mientras que hay algunas fechas en las que puedes encontrar actividades como cine bajo las estrellas, de degustación de vinos, entre otras. Su ubicación es una muy conveniente, ya que está en una zona urbana de Guaynabo en donde puedes encontrar restaurantes, negocios y otros locales. Muy cerca está también un gran centro comercial, por si después se te antoja comer algo.
5. Parque forestal de Guaynabo
Por supuesto, no dejaremos de lado uno de los favoritos: el parque Forestal La Marquesa de Guaynabo. Este hermoso pulmón verde te dará la dosis necesaria de aire fresco para liberar todo estrés que puedas tener acumulado en los hombros. La Marquesa en Guaynabo tiene 600 cuerdas de terreno llenas de árboles y un sin fin de atracciones para el disfrute de toda la familia.
Un viaje juntos en el funicular los elevarán hasta 1.300 pies de altura para capturar una vista espectacular. También puedes subir la torre de observación para quedar aún más perplejos. Recorriendo el parque verás un aviario, mariposario y veredas para realizar un inolvidable paseo, conectando con la naturaleza. Si disfrutas las actividades extremas, allí mismo podrás hacer zipline, rappelling y hiking.
Ya has visto todo lo que puedes hacer en estos cinco parques en Guaynabo. Ahora solamente resta que te prepares y pidas un viaje utilizando la app de Uber. ¿No tienes tu celular a la mano? Descuida. También puedes pedir un viaje igual de fácil desde la PC. Dale… ¡la diversión te está esperando!
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The era of the Marquise Pompadour: how the favorite of Louis XV became the Versailles Scheherazade
«No one can fully appreciate what women have done for France,» said the writer and philosopher-educator Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle. And one who has lived in the world for exactly 100 years and witnessed the transformation of this state into the most authoritative and enlightened in Europe can be trusted. There is no doubt that, while paying tribute to the weak half of France, de Fontenelle also had in mind the famous marquise, who forced politicians to seriously talk about the Pompadour era.
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Only the power concentrated in the hands of the most influential mistress of Louis XV forced her too zealous opponents not to delve into the details of her origin. And this was extremely annoying for a woman striving for perfection in everything. Although information has come down to us that the father of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson was a lackey, who had become a quartermaster, stealing and leaving his family.
A selfish marquise could easily disown such a parent, but then she would have to admit that she is a bastard child at all. The fact is that the nobleman-financier Norman de Turnnam was also called her father. It was assumed that it was he who gave the girl, who was born in 1721, an excellent education and in every possible way took part in her fate. And not in vain …
A true fortune-teller
Jeanne was clearly gifted with outstanding abilities: she drew beautifully, played music, had a small but clear voice and a real passion for poetry, which she perfectly knew how to recite. Surrounding invariably expressed delight, giving Mademoiselle Poisson the necessary self-confidence. The fortune-teller, who predicted a nine-year-old girl a love affair with the king, only confirmed her chosenness and exclusivity. The future marquise paid a pension to this kind woman until the end of her days.
…At the age of 19 Jeanne went down the aisle with the nephew of her patron, and possibly her father. The groom was short and completely ugly, but rich and passionately in love with the bride. So the maiden Poisson parted with her unenviable surname and became Madame d’Etiol. Her family life flowed serenely, two years later she gave birth to a daughter, Alexandra, which, however, could not obscure in her mind the dreams of the king, which were stuck in her pretty head like a nail.
Every appearance in the boudoir of numerous friends, as well as in the living rooms of high society, where the name and wealth of her husband opened the way for her, Jeanne used to advantage. Rumors, gossip, and sometimes true information — everything went into the treasury of her ideas about the life of the king and his court.
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She already knew that at that time the king was busy with the Duchess de Châteauroux. And then the main features of her character began to appear — perseverance and purposefulness. She began to travel regularly to the Senar forest, where the king used to hunt. However, it was by no means the king who had to catch the eye of her, but the ambitious Duchess de Château, who quickly declassified the purpose of her forest walks. And Jeanne was forbidden to appear in these places.
Such a flick on the nose sobered up the applicant for a while, but the cards didn’t seem to lie. The Duchess de Châteauroux, at the age of twenty-seven, died suddenly of pneumonia, and Madame d’Étiol took this as a call to action.
On February 28, 1745, in the Paris City Hall, which still stands in the same place, during a masquerade ball, Joan met the king face to face for the first time. However, at first she was wearing a mask, but the monarch, intrigued by the behavior of the stranger, asked her to reveal her face. Probably, the impression was more than favorable …
Louis XV was described as a «very complex and mysterious character» and an «early tired» king. It was said of him that his «modesty was a quality that turned into a defect in him. »
And since Louis felt most liberated in the society of women, in France the king was considered a «lustful sinner.»
Louis the Fair
…Louis XV was born in 1710. At the age of five, after the death of the great-grandfather of King Louis XIV, he inherited the throne. When he was nine, the Russian emperor Peter arrived in Paris to negotiate «on wooing for the king of our daughters, and especially for the middle one,» Elizabeth.
Versailles was not delighted with the prospect of marrying Louis to the daughter of «portomoi». The origin of the wife of the Russian Emperor Catherine was well known. And the marriage did not take place. The beautiful and lively Lisetka, as Peter called his middle daughter, stayed at home and obviously did not lose, becoming the Russian Empress.
At the age of 11, Louis was found a suitable bride — Maria Leshchinskaya, daughter of the Polish king Stanislav. When the king turned 15, they were married. His wife was seven years older than him, extremely pious, boring and unattractive. According to some reports, in the first 12 years of marriage, she bore Louis ten children.
The king, who had been an exemplary husband all these years, was so fed up with politics, economics, and his own family that he began to do mainly what gave him real pleasure — fine arts and no less elegant women.
By the time of the meeting at the masquerade ball with Jeanne d’Etiol, this «handsome man in his kingdom», nicknamed Louis the Fair, was 35 years old.
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Although the appearance of this woman, so artistically gifted, is hardly possible to unequivocally characterize. Here, as the classic rightly noted, «everything is not what it is, but what it seems.» That is why the descriptions of the appearance of the future Marquise de Pompadour varied so much.
Here, of course, much depended on the attitude towards her. One of the detractors did not find anything special in her: «She was a blonde with a too pale face, somewhat overweight and rather poorly built, although endowed with grace and talents.»
But Monsieur Leroy, chief huntsman of the forests and parks of Versailles, who described the king’s girlfriend as a real beauty, noted a beautiful complexion, thick, lush hair with a chestnut tint, a perfectly shaped nose and mouth, literally «created for kisses.»
He was especially admired by his large, incomprehensible color eyes, which left the impression of «some kind of vague dot in a restless soul.» Poetic. And it completely coincides with the portraits of Francois Boucher, to whom the future marquise provided constant patronage.
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It is possible that it was the patronage of the Marquise that influenced the fact that in the portraits by Boucher she appears as the goddess of beauty, and at the same time of fertility, with a fresh, ruddy and quite well-fed face peysanki, while history has brought us facts that testify to what poor health this woman was and what incredible efforts it required from her to maintain the illusory glory of a flowering beauty.
One way or another, but her «incomprehensible color eyes» turned out to be opposite the royal ones not only at the masquerade ball, but also at the performance of the Italian comedy that followed it. Jeanne had to work hard to get a seat next to his box. As a result, the king invited Madame d’Etiol to dinner, which was the beginning of their relationship.
Although after the meeting the king declared to a confidant, bribed by the prudent Joan, that Madame d’Etiol, of course, is very nice, it seemed to him that she was not entirely sincere and clearly not disinterested, and it was also noticed that the crown prince, who saw » this lady» in the theatre, found her vulgar…
From all this, it became clear that Zhanna’s progress towards her cherished goal would not be without problems. The next date she managed to achieve with great difficulty. She played her part in this last attempt with the excitement of desperation.
The king was offered a melodramatic plot: the unfortunate woman made her way into the palace apartments, risking falling at the hands of a jealous husband, only to look at the adored person. And then — “let me die …”
The king did not shout “bravo”, he did better, promising Jeanne that upon his return from the theater of operations in Flanders he would make the victim of jealousy into official favorites.
«Loving and devoted»
Madame d’Étiol received royal messages signed meaningfully: «Loving and devoted». Aware of Ludovic’s minute habits and preferences, she answered him in a light, piquant style. The Abbé de Berni, a connoisseur of belles-lettres, was entrusted to read her letters and bring them to the final shine. And then one day she received a royal dispatch addressed to the Marquise de Pompadour. Jeanne, finally, received the title, although extinct, but of an old and respectable noble family.
On September 14, 1745, the king introduced the newly minted marquise to his entourage as his girlfriend. One may be surprised, but the most loyal attitude towards her was … the wife of the king, accustomed by that time to literally everything. The courtiers were quietly indignant.
Since the time of Gabrielle d’Estre, who became the first official mistress of the monarch, Henry IV of Navarre, in the history of France, this place of honor has been occupied by a lady of good surname. They were also invited to love and favor almost a plebeian. The Marquise was immediately given the nickname Grisette, with a clear hint that in their eyes she is not much different from the persons who earn their living by tailoring cheap clothes and walking along the evening Parisian streets.
Jeanne understood that until the king was completely in her power, the title of favorite could hardly be retained for a long time. And she could become irreplaceable for him only if she could change the very quality of his life, get rid of the melancholy and boredom that had recently become Louis’ constant companions. So, Jeanne had to become a kind of Versailles Scheherazade.
This transformation took place quickly. The Marquise de Pompadour made a bet on the fine arts, so loved by Louis. Now every evening in her living room the king found an interesting guest. Bouchardon, Montesquieu, Fragonard, Boucher, Vanloo, Rameau, the famous naturalist Buffon — this is not a complete list of representatives of the artistic and intellectual elite who surrounded the Marquise.
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Voltaire was on a special account. Jeanne met him in her youth and considered herself his student. Along with the works of Corneille, the Marquise was engaged in the publication of his works. It was with the assistance of the Marquise Pompadour that Voltaire gained fame and a worthy place as an academician and chief historian of France, having also received the title of court chamberlain.
Voltaire dedicated «Tancred» to the Marquise, one of his most famous works. In addition, especially for her palace holidays, he wrote the “Princess of Navarre” and the “Temple of Glory”, thus glorifying his patroness both in poetry and in prose.
When the Marquise died, Voltaire, one of the few, found kind words for the deceased: “I am deeply moved by the death of Madame de Pompadour. I owe her a lot, I mourn her. What an irony of fate that an old man who … barely able to move is still alive, and a beautiful woman dies at 40 years old in the prime of the most wonderful glory in the world.
Such an exquisite society entertained the king, opening up to him more and more new facets of life. In turn, the guests of the marquise, undeniably talented people, raised their social status in the eyes of society, thereby gaining significant support. From the very beginning of her favor, the marquise felt a taste for patronage and did not change this addiction all her life.
In 1751, the first volume of the French Encyclopedia, or «Explanatory Dictionary of Sciences, Arts and Crafts», saw the light, opening a new era in the knowledge and interpretation of nature and society. The author of the idea and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia, Denis Diderot, a staunch opponent of absolutism and churchmen, did not become an outcast in the eyes of the Marquise Pompadour, she helped him publish his works. At the same time, she repeatedly tried to protect him from persecution, urging Diderot to be more careful, although her efforts in this direction were absolutely fruitless.
Jean Léron d’Alembert, another representative of the glorious galaxy of figures of the French Enlightenment, she helped financially, and shortly before her death she managed to get him a lifetime pension. Among the wards of Madame Pompadour, according to some contemporaries, was the famous creator of the monument to Peter I in St. Petersburg — the sculptor Falcone.
The famous freethinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau, although he was offended by the marquise for not introducing him to the king, was nevertheless grateful to her for her help in staging his Siberian Soothsayer on stage, where the marquise performed with great success in the male role Collin.
In general, the theater is the area that would turn out to be her true vocation, if fate had turned out differently. A large and extremely diverse actress, both comedic, dramatic, and grotesque, capable of singing and dancing, obviously died in her.
Passion for transforming beyond recognition and creating stunning wardrobes that defined the style of an entire era, endless searches and innovations in the field of hairdressing and makeup — all this is seen not only as a desire to keep the fickle king, but also as an urgent need for the richly gifted nature of the Marquise.
She took every opportunity she could to get viewers and listeners. As contemporaries testified, she played both in well-equipped theaters and on small stages in the mansions of the French nobility.
“If someone who has money does not buy this porcelain, he is a bad citizen of his country”
Another estate bought by the marquise was called Sevres. Having no sympathy for anything German and indignant at the dominance of Saxon porcelain, she decided to create her own porcelain production there.
In 1756, two magnificent buildings were built here: one for employees, the other for the company itself. The marquise, who often visited there, supported and encouraged the workers, found experienced craftsmen, artists, and sculptors.
The experiments went on day and night—the Marquise was impatient and did not like delays. She herself participated in solving all problems, helped in choosing shapes and colors for future products. The resulting pink porcelain color is named after her — Rose Pompadour .
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porcelain, he is a bad citizen of his country.”
In the Palace of Versailles, the Marquise conceived and implemented the Chamber Theater. In January 1747, its opening took place: Molière’s «Tartuffe» was given. There were almost fewer actors on the stage, together with the marquise involved in the performance, than the audience in the hall: only 14 people were invited. Each entrance ticket was obtained at the cost of incredible efforts and even intrigues. The success of the performance exceeded all expectations. The king was delighted with Joan’s game. “You are the most charming woman in France,” he told her after the performance.
Those who had the pleasure of attending the marquise’s singing performances claimed that «she feels the music very well, sings very expressively and with inspiration, probably knows at least a hundred songs.»
The obvious superiority of the Marquise Pompadour over the past favorites of the king and the ladies of high society in every possible way strengthened her position both at court and under Louis. And she took advantage of this, not being afraid to pass for immodest. However, this quality was not already a strong point of her nature. Both in the external and in the private, hidden from prying eyes, life, Madame Pompadour ruled her show.
She was very meticulous about etiquette and ceremony. Important visitors — courtiers and ambassadors — were received by her in the luxurious front hall of Versailles, where there was only one chair — the rest of those present were supposed to stand.
She made sure that her daughter was addressed as a person of royal blood — by name. The marquise reburied her mother’s ashes with great honors in the very center of Paris — in the Capuchin monastery on Place Vendôme. On this place, specially bought by the marquise, a luxurious mausoleum was built. The relatives of the marquise, as well as all those whom she favored, waited in the wings: some of them married a well-born groom, someone got married to a rich bride, were given positions, life annuities, titles, awards.
And in the end — undisguised, and sometimes public condemnation of her extravagance. It was estimated that she spent 4 million on her entertainment activities, and her «boastful patronage» cost the treasury 8 million livres.
Building was the second passion of the Marquise after the theatre. She owned so much property that hardly any other royal favorite could even dream of. Each of her new acquisitions meant a thorough restructuring, if not demolition, and always in the taste of the hostess. Often, the marquise herself sketched the contours of the future building on paper. Moreover, in these projects, the attraction to the architectural forms of rococo was invariably combined with common sense and practicality.
If the Marchioness did not have enough money for another construction venture, she would sell the building that had already been erected and enthusiastically set about implementing a new idea. Her last acquisition was the Menard castle, which she never managed to use in its converted version.
The principle of elegant simplicity and maximum closeness to the living world of nature was put by the awning into the planning of parks. She did not like large, irregular spaces and excessive pomposity. Thickets of jasmine, whole edges of daffodils, violets, carnations, islands with gazebos in the core of shallow lakes, rose bushes of the marquise’s favorite «shade of dawn» — these are her landscape preferences.
Louis’ royal palaces and country residences were also modified to suit her tastes. Versailles did not escape this either, where the marquise, not far from the royal park, ordered the construction of a small cozy house with a park and a temple with a white marble statue of Adonis.
A visit to the famous Institute of Noble Maidens, located in Saint-Cyr, suggested to the marquis the idea of \u200b\u200bcreating in Paris a Military School for the sons of war veterans and impoverished nobles, which was obtained from the king, who did not show much enthusiasm for this venture, permission .
Construction began in one of the most prestigious areas of the capital — near the Champ de Mars.
Military School complex
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The design of the building was commissioned by the first-class architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel, creator of the famous Place de la Concorde. The construction, which began in 1751, was interrupted due to insufficient state subsidies. Then the marquise invested the missing amount from her own savings. And already in 1753, classes began in the partially rebuilt school premises. Later, the tax that Louis imposed on the lovers of the card game, which went entirely to complete the construction, helped.
Since 1777, the best students of provincial military schools began to be admitted to this educational institution, among which, in October 1781, 19-year-old cadet Napoleon Bonaparte arrived for training.
Not a mistress, but an adviser
…Already on her 30th birthday, the Marquise de Pompadour felt that Ludovic’s love ardor was drying up. She herself understood that a long-standing lung disease was doing its devastating work. Her former beauty faded, and it was hardly possible to return it.
The coolness of the august person at all times meant the irretrievable departure of the former favorite into the shadows and further oblivion, if not disgrace.
The Marquise de Pompadour was only five years the mistress of the king, and for another 15 years she was a friend and closest adviser on many issues, sometimes of national importance.
The marquise’s cold mind and iron will prompted her to find a way out. In the silence of two unremarkable Parisian streets, she rented a house with five rooms, hidden by a dense canopy of trees. This house, called «Deer Park», became the meeting place of the king with the ladies invited by … the marquise.
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The king appeared here incognito, the girls took him for some important gentleman. After the fleeting passion of the king for another beauty disappeared and remained without consequences, the girl, having provided a dowry, was given in marriage. If the case ended with the appearance of a child, then after his birth, the baby, together with the mother, received a very significant annuity. The Marquise continued to be the official favorite of His Majesty.
But in 1751, a real danger appeared in the face of a very young Irish woman, Marie-Louise o’Murphy, who shamelessly encroached on the laurels of the Marquise Pompadour.
Half of Europe watched the development of this intrigue. The papal ambassador reported to Rome that Pompadour’s days were numbered: «Apparently, the main sultana is losing her position.» He made a mistake.
Louis left all her privileges to the Marquise. And more than once she emerged victorious in martial arts with young beauties, however, as well as with her very experienced political opponents. Although the situation escalated significantly after the diplomatic negotiations between the Marquise de Pompadour and the Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa, which led to a change in allied relations between the two countries.
In 1756, France, a traditional ally of Prussia, sided with Austria. In addition, Louis, under pressure from his mistress, who vehemently hated the Jesuits, banned the activities of their order in France.
Changes of this kind affected the interests of high-ranking officials too clearly for the marquise to feel invulnerable. And she understood it. The food prepared for her was carefully checked — of all the ways to eliminate objectionable poisoning remained as before difficult to prove.
The unexpected death of her only daughter, whom the marquise hoped to marry to the illegitimate son of the king, brought her, who possessed rare endurance, to the brink of insanity. Suspecting the intrigues of enemies, the Marquise demanded an autopsy, but it did not give any results.
Hardly experiencing this grief, the Marquise, as never before, acutely felt her loneliness. Her closest friend turned out to be a spy for her opponents. The king became more and more of a condescending friend.
«What disgusting weather you chose for your last walk, madam!»
A mental crisis made the marquise think about a possible distance from the court. She even wrote a letter to her husband, asking for forgiveness for the offense inflicted on him and clearly groping for ways to return to her long-abandoned family home. D’Étiol answered without delay that he readily forgave her, but there was no more talk… 8 times. She sold jewels and played cards—usually she was lucky. But the treatment required a lot of money, and they had to be borrowed. Already being seriously ill, she even got a lover. But what is the Marquis of Choiseul compared to a king!
Marquise, who was still accompanying Louis everywhere on one of his trips, suddenly lost consciousness. Soon everyone realized that the end was near. And although only royalty had the right to die in Versailles, Louis ordered her to be transferred to the palace apartments.
On April 15, 1764, the royal chronicler wrote: «The Marquise de Pompadour, the queen’s lady-in-waiting, died about 7 pm in the king’s private quarters at the age of 43.»
… When the funeral procession turned towards Paris, Louis, standing on the balcony of the palace in the pouring rain, said: «What disgusting weather you have chosen for your last walk, madam!» Behind this seemingly completely inappropriate joke, true sadness was hidden.
The Marquise de Pompadour was buried next to her mother and daughter in the tomb of the Capuchin convent. Now, at the place of her burial, there is Rue de la Paix, passing through the territory of the monastery demolished at the beginning of the 19th century.
Material published in the magazine «Around the World» «People and Fate», 2005, partially updated in February 2023
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This magical space, which Antonio Gaudí himself had a hand in, is considered one of the best examples of a romantic garden in the Mediterranean
Military kitchen used during the Spanish Civil War
Monkeys were once kept in this building
Folli designed by Gaudí
Gaudí tower seen from the road outside the park gate
Entrance to the wine cellar
Tower designed by Gaudí
Back of parrot pavilion with Hercules statue
Stuffed crocodile in park bar
View from behind the waterfall
Lake and observation tower
Parrots again live in the parrot pavilion today
Sama Park, built in Catalonia in 1881, was the summer residence of Salvador Sama y Torrents, Marquis of Marianao. Marquis was born into a Hispanic family living in Cuba and wanted to bring the atmosphere of the old colony to this area of Spain. The resulting park is considered one of the best examples of a romantic garden in the Mediterranean, a charming combination of a botanical garden, a zoo and a local forest.
The architect of the park Sahm was greatly influenced by the work of the famous Antonio Gaudí, who is said to have designed at least two amazing folly in the garden himself. Here, among other plants, you will see long avenues of plane trees, tangerine trees, limes, horse chestnuts, water lilies, palm trees and yucca. Before the Spanish Civil War, the park even contained animals from the Marquis’s private zoo. Their cages and aviaries can still be seen today.
Beautiful flora is accompanied by no less amazing architectural elements. The most notable of these are the palace (unfortunately closed to the public), a lake with a waterfall, a shell-shaped fountain, a pavilion with parrots, and the Torre de l’Angle (Corner Tower).