Jean-JacquesRousseau and Francois-Marie Arouet popularly known as Voltaire areamong the most famous French philosophers who were at their prime inthe later years of the 18thcentury. They were highly regarded in France for their huge impact onboth social and theological aspects of society leaving behind printsin almost all literary forms available at the time and which wouldlast for many generations. They were celebrated for expressing theiropinions openly against religion and other ills in society which attimes got them into trouble. Their actions did not go down well withregimes in power, forcing both to go into exile at one point in theirlife. However, at their demise which was separated by a month, theyreceived a hero’s burial and laid to rest at the pantheon in Pariswhich today serves as a mausoleum.
Versaillesis located in Paris, France and was the centre of French politicalpower in the 17thand 18thcentury receiving upgrades as it housed consecutive regimes making itlook majestic. Today, the palace serves as a museum of the History ofFrance and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Centres. It isconsidered to be one of the most beautiful accomplishments in Frencharchitectural art from the 18thcentury. Unknown to many, before being expanded into a majesticpalace and receiving its symbolic status, Versailles was just but ahunting lodge built in 1623 by Louis XIII (En.chateauversailles.fr,2015).
Thisweblog was an eye-opener to me. It helped me appreciate the beauty ofart, poetry and music in the classical period as envisaged in themajestic Versailles and works of Rousseau and Voltaire. It alsobrings to light the impact religion had in the political and sociallives of people in the 18thcentury. The impacts of religion on the two greats was made profoundto me by this weblog.
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