Chateau de Versailles is the most famous palace in the world. Sun King, the almighty king of France, who commissioned it in 1668, had exceptional taste. Le Vau, Hardouin-Mansart, Lenotre, Lebrun made miracles. The Hall of Mirrors, the Petit and Grand Trianon, Versailles Gardens, the Grand Canal are marvels that were imitated many times. Paris monuments.
You come to Paris for at least two days. Visit Chateau de Versailles, a Unesco world heritage sight and one of the most visited sights in and around Paris. It takes half a day to visit Versailles on a tour from the City of Lights with skip the line ticket. Versailles is crowded. We recommend to come in winter and to avoid Tuesdays. If you have a full day, combine the visit of Versailles Palace with Giverny, the house and gardens of Monet, near Versailles. Detailed Information. Alternatively, take public transport from Paris to Versailles.
Open every day except on Mondays and 1 May. Opening times: 9.00am – 6.30pm. Last admission: 6.00pm. Ticket office closes at 5.50pm. Avoid Tuesdays and holiday weekends as Versailles is then crowded. Come at 9am for less queuing. Ticket price: 18 euros. Buy Versailles ticket.
The gardens are open every day from 8.00am to 8.30pm Last admission: 7.00pm save exceptional weather (snow, violent winds...). The access is free except during Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens.
The Hall of Mirrors is the most celebrated room in the Palace. Setting for many of the ceremonies of the French court, it inspired many copies and renditions throughout Europe. The King’s apartments are a suite of rooms originally set aside for the use of Sun King in 1683. His successors used these rooms for such ceremonies as the lever and the coucher. The Queen’s Apartments are a suite of rooms that were reserved for the personal use of the queen. The chapel, which was the last major building project of Louis XIV, is one of the finest examples of French Baroque architecture. Ange-Jacques Gabriel's Royal Opera was the most ambitious building project of Louis XV for Versailles. Completed in 1770, it was inaugurated at the time of the wedding festivities of Louis XV's grandson, the Dauphin, the future Louis XVI, and Marie-Antoinette. Locate Versailles Palace and its top sights on Versailles map.
Versailles Palace, 16 kilometers West of Paris, was commissioned by Louis XIV in the 17th century. Louis XIV, the almighty King of France was known as Sun King.
In 1668, the King commissioned Versailles Palace and Versailles Park to the greatest French artists. The construction ended in 1684 with the Hall of Mirrors. The lovely Trianons were added in the 18th century.
Louis XIV wanted to settle at a distance from Paris rebellious inhabitants and close to hunting forests.
The largest in Europe, Versailles Palace housed 20 000 nobles during one century. In 1789, Versailles Palace was abandonned at the outset of the French revolution.
Versailles Palace was turned into a museum of French history in 1833. Repair work began in 1925, thanks to many generous donators including David Rockefeller from the US.
The Grand Canal, Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, the fountains turn Versailles Gardens into a marvel.
Spend as much time in Versailles Gardens as you can. Rent a boat on the Grand Canal (1 hour costs 16 euros) or a bicycle in the park (1 hour costs 7.50 euros). Check detailed rates and hours. Go to one of the two good restaurants: La Flottille or La Petite Venise. Lunch at La Petite Venise is included in Versailles Palace full day tour.
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