'Latona and Neptune fountains and Grand Canal, Versailles.'
The Latona and Neptune Fountains shining in the backlight of the sun setting behind the Grand Canal - it's the opening chord of the Fountains Night Show (Grands Eaux Nocturnes).
Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the fountain shows Latona (sculpted by Gaspard and Bathasar Marsy in 1670), mother of Apollo and Diana, protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia and calling on Jupiter to avenge them. He heard her plea and transformed them into frogs and lizards. The arrangement of the fountain was finished by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1689. Photo Paul Smit.