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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
Email: service.multimedia@chateauversailles.fr
Website: www.chateauversailles.fr
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.

  • Palace of Versailles , The court of Versailles , France
    The court of Versailles

    With pomp and grandeur, the Chateau de Versailles attracts many visitors each year.

    © Keith Levit / 123RF
  • Palace of Versailles , The Salon des Nobles , France
    The Salon des Nobles

    Marie Antoinette held formal audiences, seated under a dais, in this parlour.

    © Jan Novak / 123RF
  • Palace of Versailles , The Latona Basin at the Château de Versailles , France
    The Latona Basin at the Château de Versailles

    The basin depicts the legend of Apollo's mother and Diana.

    © Hallé / age fotostock
  • Palace of Versailles , Versailles at sunset , France
    Versailles at sunset

    The Château de Versailles has been a listed World Heritage Site for the past 30 years.

    © Keith Levit / 123RF
  • Palace of Versailles , The Royal Chapel at the Château de Versailles , France
    The Royal Chapel at the Château de Versailles

    Completed in 1710, this chapel replaced the one built that was built in 1682, which had become too cramped.

    © Index StockPhotolibr - age fotostock
  • Palace of Versailles , Ceiling detail in the Salon d'Hercule , France
    Ceiling detail in the Salon d'Hercule

    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
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