Louis XIV (1638-1715) ruled France for 72 years. He was the Sun King. That's the longest reign of any French or other European monarch in history, I'm told. During which time he extended the reach de France into the Americas, Africa and India. Busy guy.
About this statue. Although he commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sculpt it, when it was finally delivered five years after Bernini died, Louis hated it so much he was going to destroy the thing. Someone must have talked him out of it, because instead he had it sent to the far end of the garden... with his likeness removed. Picky, picky.
Only in modern times was it recast and brought out for the world to see again.
I didn't know Louis, but I liked his statue.
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