Palace of Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France Ph. +33 1 30 83 78 00
The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 under Louis XIV until the start of the French Revolution in 1789 under Louis XVI. It is located in the department of Yvelines, in the region of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of the centre of Paris.
The palace is now a Monument historique and UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartments; for the more intimate royal residences, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon located within the park; the small rustic Hameau (Hamlet) created for Marie Antoinette; and the vast Gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals, and geometric flower beds and groves, laid out by André le Nôtre. The Palace was stripped of all its furnishings after the French Revolution, but many pieces have been returned and many of the palace rooms have been restored.
In 2017 the Palace of Versailles received 7,700,000 visitors, making it the second-most visited monument in the Île-de-France region, just behind the Louvre and ahead of the Eiffel Tower.
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Planning to visit Paris? There are many things to do in and around Paris. One very popular attraction is only 30 minutes away of the city – make sure not to miss Versailles Palace! Chateau Versailles is one of the most extravagant palaces in the world and has been a source of great inspiration for many other palaces. Although the town of Versailles isn’t actually in Paris, it is well worth the visit to this extraordinary place.
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The first mention of the town was in the beginning of the 11th century in a charter of the Abbey of Saint-Père de Chartres. The town was prosperous until the 13th century, although after the 100 year war only a handful of people remained.
In the 16th century, King Louis XIII visited the town and liked the place so much he decided to purchase land, which gave much acclaim to the village. In 1632, King Louis became the Lord of the Versailles and began enlarging his Lodge. The Gondi family, who were the rulers of Versailles at the time were bought out by Louis who was to finish his career in 1643. When King Louis XIV, otherwise known as the Sun King, became King, he took an interest in Versailles and due to his distrust of the Parisians, decided to move his residence from the political turbulence of the Louvre to now standing Palace. It was during the French Revolution that most of the paintings, antiques and other works of art were moved to the Louvre, the National Library and the Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. Most of the furniture apparently was sold at auctions.
We highly recommend a visit to the Versailles Palace! But take into consideration that it’s a big place, outside of Paris, and there’s a lot to see, so a trip to Versailles might take up at least half a day, possibly a day. When you already took the trouble of leaving Paris and traveling to the palace, you want to see everything, right? The palace itself, but also the magnificent gardens!
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