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Palace and Park of Versailles

Palace and Park of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge by King Louis XIII. King Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, had it expanded into one of the largest palaces in the world and moved the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. The most famous room at the Palace of Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors was used daily by King Louis XIV, when he walked from his private rooms to the Royal Chapel. After the First World War (1914-1918) the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in 1919. The Park of Versailles is the most famous French garden in the world. The Park of Versailles contain several fountains, ponds and small palaces. The 'Grand Trianon' was used by King Louis XIV to escape the formality of the royal court life.'Le Petit Trianon' was built by Louis the XV. Louis XVI gave it to his wife, Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1774, it was her favourite palace. It was here that Queen Marie-Antoinette heard that the French Revolution had reached the outskirts of Versailles. The Palace and Park of Versailles has greatly influenced the design of other palaces and gardens in Europe, many palaces and gardens were modelled after the Baroque Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is located about 20 km outside of Paris. The Palace and Park of Versailles gained  status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

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Palace and Park of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge. The palace was expanded into a royal palace by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King....

The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge. The palace was expanded into a royal palace by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous palaces in the world. The Palace of Versailles was a royal residence and  the home of many kings of France. The Palace and Park of Versailles gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  1. Palace and Park of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge. The palace was expanded into a royal palace by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King....

    The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge. The palace was expanded into a royal palace by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous palaces in the world. The Palace of Versailles was a royal residence and  the home of many kings of France. The Palace and Park of Versailles gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  2. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge by King Louis XIII in 1624. His son, Louis XIV, the Sun King,...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles was built as a hunting lodge by King Louis XIII in 1624. His son, Louis XIV, the Sun King, had it expanded into one of the largest palaces in the world and moved the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. The Courtyard of Honour, the Cour d'Honneur, is situated in front of the Royal Gates, the Royal Courtyard and the Marble Courtyard are situated behind the Royal Gates.

  3. Palace and Park of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles is situated behind gold plated wrought iron gates. The palace became a museum in the 19th century, the words...

    The Palace of Versailles is situated behind gold plated wrought iron gates. The palace became a museum in the 19th century, the words 'A toutes les Gloires de France' were engraved on the façade of the palace. They means 'To all the Glories', meaning the glorious individuals of France. On the right lies the Royal chapel of the Palace of Versailles. 

  4. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Cour de Marbre, the Marble Courtyard, is the original inner courtyard of the palace. It was built by Louis...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Cour de Marbre, the Marble Courtyard, is the original inner courtyard of the palace. It was built by Louis XIII in 1623. The courtyard is paved with black and white marble tiles. The façade of the original hunting lodge is preserved in the centre of the main entrance façade of the Palace of Versailles. 

  5. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace of Versailles: The interior of the Baroque Royal Chapel of King Louis XIV. The construction of the two-level palatine chapel was...

    Palace of Versailles: The interior of the Baroque Royal Chapel of King Louis XIV. The construction of the two-level palatine chapel was completed in 1710. The organ is decorated with a relief depicting King David. The paintings on the vaulted ceiling depict several biblical scenes. In this Royal Chapel, King Louis XVI married Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1770.

  6. Palace and Park of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles is richly decorated, among the decorations the arms of the Kingdom of France (Moderne), the three fleurs-de-lys. After...

    The Palace of Versailles is richly decorated, among the decorations the arms of the Kingdom of France (Moderne), the three fleurs-de-lys. After the Franco-Prussian War (19 July 1870-10 May 1871) and the defeat of the French aggressors, the palace was the headquarters of the German Army until March 1871. The German Empire was proclaimed in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles on 18 January 1871.

  7. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The most famous room at Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors. In the 17th century mirrors were among the most...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The most famous room at Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors. In the 17th century mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess. The Hall of Mirrors was built in 1678-1686 and was used daily by King Louis XIV when he walked from his private rooms to the Royal Chapel. The Treaty of Versailles, the peace settlement after WWI, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in In 1919.

  8. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace of and Park Versailles: The ceilings of the Palace of Versailles are richly decorated. The palace was the place where...

    Palace of and Park Versailles: The ceilings of the Palace of Versailles are richly decorated. The palace was the place where the Treaty of Versailles took place after WWI, it was considered the most suitable location because of its size, the huge palace could accommodate the hundreds of dignitaries who were involved in the peace process and the final signing ceremony in the Hall of Mirrors.

  9. Palace and Park of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles was built to impress, it is richly decorated with marble. The marble decorations are still original. Most of the...

    The Palace of Versailles was built to impress, it is richly decorated with marble. The marble decorations are still original. Most of the original furniture was scattered during the French Revolution. Some royal furnishings returned to Versailles in the 1960s. Versailles is the most visited palace in France. The Palace of Versailles is situated about 20 km west of Paris. 

  10. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The famous French Gardens of Versailles viewed from the Palace of Versailles. This is what King Louis XIV, the Sun...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The famous French Gardens of Versailles viewed from the Palace of Versailles. This is what King Louis XIV, the Sun King, saw when he looked out his window. The Palace and Park of Versailles has greatly influenced the design of other palaces and gardens in Europe, many palaces and gardens were modelled after the palace and garden of Versailles.

  11. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles viewed from the French gardens. The Park of Versailles is one the...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Palace of Versailles viewed from the French gardens. The Park of Versailles is one the most famous parks in the world. The park covers about 800 hectares of land. The park is covered with landscaped woodland areas and several classic French gardens, designed by the French garden and landscape architect André Le Nôtre.

  12. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Latona Fountain is surrounded by the French gardens. The Latona Fountain was inspired by the...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Latona Fountain is surrounded by the French gardens. The Latona Fountain was inspired by the Metamorphoses of Ovide. The fountain illustrates the myth of Latona, protecting her children Apollo and Diana, the marble statue at the top of the fountain is surrounded by gilded frogs and six peasants, half-human and half-frog. 

  13. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: A detail of the famous Latona Fountain. The marble statue depict the goddess Latona, protecting her children Apollo...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: A detail of the famous Latona Fountain. The marble statue depict the goddess Latona, protecting her children Apollo and Diana. The statue of the goddess Latona is facing the Grand Canal, the largest pond in the Park of Versailles. The Latona Fountain was created in 1668.

  14. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Park of Versailles cover some 800 hectares of land, the park is completely surrounded by a 40 km long...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Park of Versailles cover some 800 hectares of land, the park is completely surrounded by a 40 km long wall. The park was designed by the master gardener André Le Nôtre in 1661-1700. The park is adorned with small follies, statues and fountains. The Park of Versailles is considered as the model of all French gardens in the world.

  15. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: La Colonnade with the statue the Abduction of Persephone. The Colonnade was created in...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: La Colonnade with the statue the Abduction of Persephone. The Colonnade was created in 1685, the arches are made of white marble and supported by Ionic columns of coloured marble. The Palace and Park of Versailles were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  16. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Bassin d'Apollon, the Apollo pond and Apollo Fountain. The artificial pond already excisted during the...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Bassin d'Apollon, the Apollo pond and Apollo Fountain. The artificial pond already excisted during the reign of Louis XIII and was known as the Lake of the Swans. King Louis XIV added the gilded fountain in 1670. The fountain is based on the myth of Apollo, the Greek sun god, King Louis XIV associated himself with the sun god.

  17. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Grand Trianon is a a small pink marble palace, situated in the Park of Versailles. The Grand Trianon...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Grand Trianon is a a small pink marble palace, situated in the Park of Versailles. The Grand Trianon  was built in 1687. After World War I the Treaty of Trianon was signed at the Grand Trianon, the Treaty of Trianon was the peace agreement between the Allies of World War One and the Kingdom of Hungary. The treaty regulated the status of an independant Hungarian state and the final borders of Hungary were defined.

  18. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Grand Trianon is a palace situated in the Park of Versailles, it is surrounded by French gardens filled with...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Grand Trianon is a palace situated in the Park of Versailles, it is surrounded by French gardens filled with tuberoses, orange blossom trees, perennials and green shrubs. The Grand Trianon was used by King Louis XIV to escape the formality of the royal court life. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed at the Grand Trianon on many occassions and the French President de Gaulle had it restored and used the palace as a presidential residence.

  19. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: Le Petit Trianon is a small palace just a short walk from the Grand Trianon in the Park of Versailles. Le...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: Le Petit Trianon is a small palace just a short walk from the Grand Trianon in the Park of Versailles. Le Petit Trianon was built on the orders of Louis XV, he gave it to his wife Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1774, it was her favourite palace. The small palace was used by Marie-Antoinette to escape the formality of the royal court life at Versailles, it was here that she heard that the French Revolution had reached the outskirts of Versailles.

  20. Palace and Park of Versailles - Palace and Park of Versailles: The Temple de l'Amour, the Temple of Love. The temple is one of the follies in the...

    Palace and Park of Versailles: The Temple de l'Amour, the Temple of Love. The temple is one of the follies in the park, situated near the château Le Petit Trianon. Le Petit Trianon overlooks the garden with the Temple of Love. Queen Marie-Antoinette ordered to design and build the small Neoclassical Temple of Love. The Palace and Park of Versailles gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.