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Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
From 1682, under Louis XIV, the famous Sun King, until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI, the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, was France’s principal royal residence. The Palace sized to be Royal residence since the Revolution, so it became the Museum of the History of France in 1837, at the order of King Louis-Philippe. It is located in the department of Yvelines, in the Île-de-France region.
The Palace has many themed areas that areas, galleries, state and private rooms, fully preserved to testify about French history. Here is the list of most significant areas within a Palace:
The Hall of Mirrors. The entire length of the Hall of Mirrors (73m) pays tribute to France’s political, economic, and artistic achievements following the victory over the three combined forces shown in the War Room. The glorious history of Louis XIV during the first 18 years of his reign, from 1661 to the peace treaties of Nijmegen, is depicted in the 30 painted compositions on the vaulted ceiling by Le Brun, which depict the glorious history of Louis XIV during the first 18 years of his reign, from 1661 to the peace treaties of Nijmegen.
Allegories from Antiquity depict military and diplomatic achievements as well as reforms aimed at reorganizing the realm. The number and size of the 357 mirrors adorning the 17 arches opposing the windows demonstrate the new French manufacture’s ability to compete with the Venetian monopoly on mirror production. Such products were considered a tremendous luxury at the time.
The Hall of Mirrors is famous globally for being a place where The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919.
The King’s State Apartment. This is set of seven rooms, lavishly designed in Italian style and were very popular with people who were coming to see the King. The rooms are following: The Hercules Room, The Hercules Room, The Venus Room, The Diana Room, The Mars Room, The Mercury Room and The Apollo Room. Each room has distinguished design with specific theme pertinent to their names. They also had different purposes for both the King and the visitors.
The Royal Chapel. This was the last chapel out of five in the Palace to be built and also the last building for Louis XIV. The chapel was dedicated to Saint Louis, the king’s patron saint and a royal ancestor, and incorporated connections to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which he also built. The Royal Chapel had daily mass attended by the King and his entourage. The music played during the mass was performed by famous musicians of that time.
The Royal Opera. Inaugurated in 1770 during the rule of Louis XV, it was the largest concert hall in Europe at the time and was also a great architectural and artistic achievement. It was the place of many notable performances, celebrations and parliamentary debates.
Marie-Antoinette’s private chambers. Queen Marie Antoinette had several relatively small rooms behind State Apartments used for her own leisure times and for spending time with court ladies (ladies-in-waiting). The rooms were ornately decorated with every detail take care of and they were renovated several times, in order to adjust the styles to the current fashion at the time. There are several rooms interconnected with courtyard and additional apartment in the upper floor. The Gilded Room, The Méridienne Room, The Library and The Billiard Room are most famous rooms in Queen’s private chambers.
The Congress Chamber. Completed at the end of 19th century, to serve as meeting point of a National Assembly (elected in 1871), the Congress Chamber is still used today by the members of the National Assembly and the Senate when they meet to adopt constitutional amendments or to hear an address by the President of the Republic.
The Gallery of Great Battles. This is the largest room in the Palace (120 meters long and 13 meters wide) and it covers almost the entire first floor of the South Wing. It is one of the most important galleries in the Palace. It depicts nearly 15 centuries of French military successes, from Clovis to Napoleon, through more than 30 paintings.
The other rooms and spaces in the Palace that are preserved monuments to rich French history, include: The Madame Pompadour’s Apartments, King’s Private Apartments, The Crusades Rooms, The Coronation Room and several more.
The Gardens of Versailles are an integral part of Palace complex and they are the landmark and an attraction on its own right. Work on the gardens started in late 17th century and lasted for 40 years until they took initial shape. Now it is a massive and well-maintained garden with many paths, walks, fountains, statues, Orangerie and groves.
The estate of Trianon was built to give kings and queens some sort of privacy and an escape from hectic life in the Palace. There are Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces built on this estate, together with Queen’s Hamlet and a several ornamental gardens in between.
Today, Palace of Versailles complex is one of the most popular attractions and landmarks of Paris and France. With incredible number of 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2, the place is an amazing landmark to visit and spend entire day, easily.
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