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Versailles Palace

The Palace of Versailles is the most famous palace in the world. Sun King, the 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.

The Palace of Versailles is a must do

You come to Paris for at least two days. Visit the Palace of 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.

The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace
The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace

Palace of Versailles visit

The Palace is open every day except on Mondays and 1 May. Opening times: 9am – 6.30pm. Last admission: 6pm. 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 8am to 8.30pm Last admission is at 7pm save exceptional weather such as snow and violent winds. The access is free except during the Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens.

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Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles top sights

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.

The Queen's bedroom in Versailles
The Queen's bedroom in Versailles

Versailles history

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.

Louis XIV wanted to settle at a distance from Paris rebellious inhabitants and close to hunting forests.

In 1668, the King commissioned Versailles Palace and Versailles Park to the greatest French artists. The construction ended with the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace in 1684 and the Grand Trianon in the gardens in 1688. The Petit Trianon was inaugurated in 1762 by King Louis XVI.

The largest in Europe, Versailles Palace housed 20 000 nobles during one century. In 1789, at the outset of the French revolution, Versailles Palace was abandoned.

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.

History of Chateau de Versailles

Versailles Gardens

Designed by Andre Le Notre, the gardener of Sun King, the Grand Canal is the masterpiece of Versailles Gardens. The Grand Trianon was built to provide Sun King with the retreat he wanted in the gardens. Le Petit Trianon is associated with Marie-Antoinette who spent there many weeks with her closest relatives and friends. These marvels and the fountains turn Versailles Gardens into a spectacular sight. 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 8.50 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.

Versailles Gardens
Versailles Gardens

Versailles concerts

The classical music concerts are one of the best kept secrets of Versailles. Happy fews book tickets in advance and have the privilege to enter the palace in the evening after closing time. The concerts take place in the 18th century royal opera, in the royal chapel and in the hall of mirrors.

Most concerts are dedicated to classical music with an emphasis on French and barroco music. Versailles Palace is one of the top choices for a concert in or near Paris.

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Concert in the royal chapel
Concert in the royal chapel

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