The history of the river Erdre and its transformations...1 min
“Conceal and reveal”: an ancient Japanese art1 min
The importance of plants throughout the Japanese garden1 min
A staple of Japanese gardens1 min
Symbolic decorations1 min
A plant with Asian roots1 min
Niwaki: shaping trees into "clouds"1 min
Life in and around the river1 min
Simplicity and serenity at the heart of Erdre House.1 min
The tree that announces that spring has sprung...57 s
Versailles Island is an unusual space that's witnessed Nantes’ multiple transformations over the course of its history. During the 19th century the swamps here were gradually replaced by the island, and it’s had many uses since then.
Today, Versailles is home to a Japanese garden, where carefully arranged scenes reveal themselves one after another, transporting you to the eastern archipelago.
At the heart of the site, The “Maison de l’Erdre” (Erdre House) and its temporary and permanent exhibitions can help you dicover the plant and aquatic life of the river.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the quays and make the most of this island’s lush vegetation, as well as its other treasures.
To get even more out of this tour, have a go at the challenges and games at each stage.
If you have any questions, consult the “Good to know” tab. Click on the tab in the top left hand corner of the map, and then on “Tour info”.