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Versailles (in French: Versailles, [vɛʁ.sɑj] versái) is a city in the Île-de-France region, located in the western suburbs of Paris, 17.1 km west of central Paris. It is the prefecture (capital) of the department of Yvelines. It was the capital of the kingdom of France, since the end of the 17th century and during most of the 18th century. It is currently an elegant suburb of Paris and an important administrative and judicial center. In 2008, the population of the city was 86,400 inhabitants (according to estimates), below the maximum of 94 145 inhabitants, reached in 1975. Versailles is world famous for the Palace of Versailles, from whose esplanade the city has grown.
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Apparts de l'Oncle Louis
Les Demoiselles à Versailles - Au Pied du Château
Le Petit Mansart
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Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles, or Castle of Versailles (in French: Château de Versailles) is a building that performed the functions of a royal residence in past centuries. The palace is located in the municipality of Versailles, near Paris, in the Île-de-France region. Its construction was ordered by King Louis XIV, and constitutes one of the most important monarchical architectural complexes in Europe. With 7.3 million visitors in 2012, it is also one of the most important tourist sites in France.
With its three palaces, its gardens and its park, Versailles is a huge domain. Although Louis XIII built a hunting lodge there with a garden, Louis XIV is its true creator, since it gave it its breadth and determined its destiny.
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Le Relais D'anjou
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The district of Versailles is a district (in French arrondissement) of France, which is located in the department of Yvelines, in the Ile-de-France region (in French Île-de-France). It has 10 cantons and 19 communes.
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Versailles Home Palace
The Gallery of Mirrors (in French, Galerie des Glaces) of the Palace of Versailles (France) is a sumptuous gallery built with the aim of dazzling the visitors of Louis XIV. Conceived by the architect Jules Hardouin Mansart, it was built between 1678 and 1684, replacing a terrace of Luis Le Vau that linked the two wings of the palace (north and south) with the west facade.
Baroque style has a length of 73 meters by 10.50 meters wide. Seventeen windows provide the light that is reflected in 357 mirrors facing each other. Such a gallery was an event in the seventeenth century because, for the first time, people could be seen in full length. The gallery also represented an impressive luxury considering that, at that time, a mirror was very expensive.
The barrel vault is decorated with paintings by Charles Le Brun in which the reign of Louis XIV was represented. Initially, the room was decorated with silver furniture and numerous ancient statues, cast in 1689, the silver furniture gave way to another golden wood that disappeared during the French Revolution.
The Gallery of Mirrors was the magnificent setting for many of the great events that took place over the centuries, such as the celebrations of the marriage of Marie Antoinette with the dolphin of France (May 16, 1770), the proclamation of the German Empire ( January 18, 1871) or the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War (June 28, 1919) among others.
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Chapel of the Palace of Versailles
The chapel of the Palace of Versailles is the fifth in the history of the palace. These chapels evolved with the expansion of the château and formed the focal point of the court's daily life during the Old Regime. (Bluche, 1986, 1991; Petitfils, 1995; Solnon, 1987).
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Royal Opera of Versailles
The royal opera of Versailles is the main theater and opera of the Palace of Versailles, in France. Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel and with an interior decoration by Augustin Pajou, the opera was built entirely of wood and painted to look like marble with a technique known as fake marble.
The building is located at the north end of the wing of the nobles. General public access to the theater is through the two-story lobby. Some parts of the opera, such as the king's chambers, represent one of the first expressions of what would become the "Louis XVI style."
Jean-Baptiste Lully's Perse — written in 1682, the year that Louis XIV moved to the palace — inaugurated the opera on May 16, 1770 in celebration of the dolphin marriage — the future Louis XVI — with Marie Antoinette. [2 ]
The royal opera can serve as much as an opera house, theater pieces or orchestra (with a capacity for 712 people), as well as a salle des festins, when the floor of the auditorium orchestra level can be raised to the stage level. On these occasions, the opera has a capacity for 1,200 people.
Orangerie of the Palace of Versailles
The orangerie of the Palace of Versailles was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1684 and 1688, replacing the one built by Luis Le Vau in 1663, even before the start of the palace's work. The orangerie harbors more than 1,500 shrubs in winter, mostly orange trees (about 900), but also laurels, pomegranates or myrtle trees. During the summer months, from May to October, orange trees and Other trees are exposed on the ground floor.Select the dates of your stay
The Rooms of the Crusades (in French: Salle des Croisades) is a set of rooms located in the Palace of Versailles.
The rooms were built in the mid-19th century by King Luis Felipe I of France and opened in 1843, at a time when France showed enthusiasm for the historical past and, especially, for the period of the Crusades. The rooms house more than 120 paintings related to the Crusades. King Luis Felipe included the names of thousands of families, whose ancestors went to the Crusades, which encouraged many frauds at the time.
Pond of the Swiss
The pond of the Swiss is an artificial lake that is part of the park of the Palace of Versailles, built between 1679 and 1682. It owes its name to the fact of having been excavated by a regiment of the Swiss Guard. It was created to drain the king's garden.Select the dates of your stay
The king's orchard (in French, potager du roi ') is the vegetable garden created by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie in the Palace of Versailles, which produced fresh fruits and vegetables for the table of the court of Louis XIV. It was created in 1683, although the conditioning works lasted from 1678 to 1783.
It is currently managed by the National Superior School of Landscape, the state school of France for the training of landscape architects. Nowadays an urban garden, it has an area of nine hectares. It is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France by the Parks and Gardens Committee of France. The king's garden and Balbi Park were declared a historical monument of France by order of March 15 1926. Its current director is Antoine Jacobsohn.
The Dufour pavilion is a 17th-century neoclassical building that is part of the Versailles palace complex. It is located on the south side of the courtyard of honor, in front of the Gabriel wing, of which it is symmetrical. Both buildings are linked by the royal gate. The pavilion was never finished and is currently used as access and reception for visitors to the palace.Select the dates of your stay
Great stables (Versailles)
The building of the Great Stables (in French, Grandes Ecuries) is located in the Main Square of Versailles, in front of the Palace, between Saint-Cloud and Paris avenues. It constitutes, together with the Little Stables, the whole of the Royal Stables, an institution where a thousand people worked during the reign of Louis XIV. Built under the direction of the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, it was started in 1679 and completed in 1682.
The stable was equipped with a riding school, where the king's hunting and war horses were kept. In the 18th century, the Royal stables had more than two thousand horses.
Small stables (Versailles)
The Little Stables building is a monument located in the Main Square of Versailles, in front of the Palace, between the avenues of Paris and Sceaux. It constitutes, together with the Great Stables, the whole of the Royal Stables, an institution where a thousand people worked during the reign of Louis XIV. Built under the direction of the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, it was started in 1679 and Completed in 1681.Select the dates of your stay
Gare de Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche
The Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche station (formerly named Versailles-Rive-Gauche until February 2012), is a French railway station located in the commune of Versailles, in the department of the Yvelines in the Ile-de-France region. [1 ] It is one of the terminus of line C of the RER.
It is the station that allows access to the Palace of Versailles.