This remains the most opulent of all the monuments in the vicinity of Paris. This was the seat of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved there from Paris, until October 1789 when the royal family was forced to return to the capital during the French Revolution. For this reason Versailles is significant not only for the beauty of its halls and gardens, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Its drawing rooms, galleries and chambers gloriously recount the history of France, and a stroll around its vast grounds will be hard to resist.
Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) 78000 Versailles
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 30 84 76 20
Open from November to March from 9:00am to 5:30pm and from April to October from 9:00am to 6:30pm.
Prices: ?7.50; concessions ?5.30.
Marie Antoinette held formal audiences, seated under a dais, in this parlour.© Jan Novak / 123RF
The basin depicts the legend of Apollo's mother and Diana.© Hallé / age fotostock
The Château de Versailles has been a listed World Heritage Site for the past 30 years.© Keith Levit / 123RF
Completed in 1710, this chapel replaced the one built that was built in 1682, which had become too cramped.© Index StockPhotolibr - age fotostock
The painting on the ceiling in this rooms depicts the Apotheosis of Hercules, symbolising the notion that 'virtue enables a man to rise above himself'.© Index StockPhotolibr - age fotostock