Don’t have time to visit the Palace of Versailles? Well, you will soon be able to get a glimpse while travelling along France’s national rail.
A number of SNCF trains are being transformed as part of an ongoing “Art in Transit” initiative that brings the beauty one of the country’s most iconic tourist sites to everyday commuters.
Scenes from the château's extensive gardens, books from Louis XVI's library and the ornate details from the Hall of Mirrors have been photographed and reproduced on a thin plastic film in a collaboration with manufacturing company 3M.
A painstaking task to install, it took nine employees and one engineer to get the interiors ready, with the art being “adapted to the configuration of the train and lightened to work with the light, colourful new train design,” according to a press release.
The project has been running for the past four years with different limited edition themes.
This reincarnation will be enjoyed by passengers travelling from Paris to Versailles and will be up and running from May 25.
The Temple of Love
The Hall of Mirrors
Marie Antoinette 's domain
Queen Bedroom in the Petit Trianon
The Library of Louis XVI
All images by Maxime Huriez for SNCF