Hall of Mirrors facts: the Hall of Mirrors is the largest and most beautiful room of Versailles Palace. It is probably too the most famous room in the world and is therefore very crowded. To best appreciate its architecture, mirrors and paintings, visit it off season and off week-ends. Happy fews attend spectacular concerts in Hall of Mirrors. Palace of Versailles facts.
The Hall of Mirrors is the largest room of Versailles Palace, the palace commissioned by Sun King, the most powerful monarch of his time in Europe. It is also the most famous. Overlooking Versailles Gardens, the 17th century Hall of Mirrors 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 . It has beautifully painted walls and ceiling.
Visit the Hall of Mirrors and Versailles Palace in the morning, on weekdays and off season to avoid the crowd as much as possible. Lucky visitors can attend marvelous evening concerts in Versailles Palace. Information.
A guided coach tour from Paris is one of the best ways to visit the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles Palace and Versailles Gardens.
Designed by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart and decorated by painter Charles le Brun, the Hall of Mirrors was built between 1678 and 1684. It was first used as a passageway. It was also used on rare occasions for balls or games held for royal weddings or diplomatic receptions.
It was also the venue on January 18th 1871 of the proclamation of the German Empire (Deutsche Reichsgründung) by Otto van Bismarck, after the French defeat in the 1870 war, and of the 1919 signature of the Versailles treaty which ended WWI.
In the 17th century, mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess. The Venetian Republic held the monopoly on their manufacture. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the minister of Sun King, enticed several workers from Venice to make mirrors at the Manufacture Royale de Glaces de miroirs, nowadays the Saint Gobain multinational company.
Construction of the Hall of Mirrors continued until 1684, at which time it was pressed into use for court and state functions. The ceiling decoration is dedicated to the political policies and military victories of Louis XIV. The central panel of the ceiling, the king governs alone, alludes to the establishment of the personal reign of Louis XIV in 1661. The rest of the ceiling represents military victories of Louis XIV starting with the Treaty of the Pyrenées (1659) to the Treaty of Nijmegen (1678–1679). Le Brun has depicted themes such as good governance and military prowess, rendered with Louis XIV himself as the key figure.
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.