Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France – Great Castles of the World

Versailles Hall of Mirrors Screen Shot


The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most popular tourist stops in France but it has not been that way for too many years.  The massive structure fell into disrepair after the French Revolution and most of the furnishings were sold off.  Only since World War II has there been an ongoing major effort to restore the complex.

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The identity Château de Versailles is closely linked to the city surrounding it; Versailles. Not surprisingly, the city is what gave the Château de Versailles its name in the first place. When the château was built, Versailles was a mere country village.

Today, it is a small city and one of France’s most popular tourist destinations. The palace has housed the royal court several times, and is therefore not only famous as a building, but also as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy

The Sun King and his Palace


The history of Château de Versailles starts with the “Sun King”, Louis XIV. He had grown up during the disorder of the Fronde; a short civil war between rival factions of aristocrats. For this reason, the newly appointed king wanted a center where he could organize and completely control a government of France by absolute personal rule. The place he chose for his new palace was the royal hunting lodge, located at the small village of Versailles.

Louis XIV quickly became more or less obsessed with his new palace, and spent the majority of his time and effort on it. What started as a hunting lodge was soon to become one of the largest palaces in the world.

English: Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) ...

English: Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) in the Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France. Français : Galerie des Glaces du Château de Versailles, à Versailles en France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Orangery in the ground of the Palace of Versai...

Orangery in the ground of the Palace of Versailles, outside Paris Español: Palacio de Versalles Français : Orangerie du château de Versailles Italiano: L Orangerie nel parco del Palazzo Reale di Versailles (Francia) 中文: 凡尔赛宫的橘园 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


















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