Overlooking Versailles Gardens, the Hall of Mirrors is the largest and most famous room of Versailles Palace.
It owes its name to the seventeen mirror arches facing seventeen windows overlooking the Park. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors for a total of 357 mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors' dimensions are 73m × 10.5m × 12.3m .
Locate Hall of Mirrors on Versailles map.
Designed by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart (picture) and decorated by painter Charles le Brun (picture), the Hall of Mirrors was built between 1678 and 1684. It was the grandiose setting of many 17th and 18th century royal ceremonies and festivities (picture).
It was also the venue of the 1871 proclamation of the German Empire (picture) by Otto van Bismarck, after the French defeat in the 1870 war, and of the 1919 signature of the Versailles treaty (picture) which ended World War One.
Visit the Hall of Mirrors and the Palace of Versailles in the morning, on weekdays and off season to avoid the crowd as much as possible. Lucky tourists can attend marvelous evening concerts in the Palace of Versailles. Information.
A guided coach tour is good way to visit Versailles.
The Hall of Mirrors is the most famous sight in Versailles. Many other great sights turn Versailles Palace into one of the most beautiful and interesting palaces in the world.
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