Louis XIV was fond of figs, melons, and strawberries, even in the winter. To this end a vegetable garden was built on the marshes of the Puant, a less-than-pleasant-smelling pool. This was the famous King's Vegetable Garden at Versailles castle, and it supplied his table with fresh vegetables and the first fruits of the season. One can still see and buy the blue Hungarian pumpkin, Siamese squash, kiwi, and black currants. Another curiosity of a Versailles tour may be the Osmothèque, where, among 1,400 perfumes, both the eau de toilette used
by the Sun King and Napoleon's cologne are still preserved.
Time has not changed the splendor created by the Sun King. Travelers are still dazzled by the castle, the hall of mirrors, the sovereigns' apartments, the throne room, the gallery of battles, and the gardens, all created by the best artists of the age. Versailles was a royal hunting ground when the court still resided at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. It was particularly beloved of Louis XIII, the Melancholy King, who had a pavilion built for concerts given in his honor.
Orphaned at the age of five, Louis IV inherited his father's love for Versailles.