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Palace of Versailles

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  • Sunday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
The Palace of Versailles (French: Château de Versailles), or simply Versailles (English: vair-SY or vər-SY; French: [vɛʁsaj]), is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. It is now open as a museum and is a very popular tourist attraction. When the château was built, the community of Versailles was a small village dating from the 11th century. Today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the centre of the French capital. Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789, within three months after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Especially under Louis XIV, the whole senior nobility were pressured to spend large amounts of time at Versailles, as a form of political control. Louis XIV evolved a rigid routine of court life as a performance, much of which took place in front of large groups of people, at some points in the day including tourists. Building the château and maintaining the court there was phenomenally expensive, but did a good deal to establish the dominance of French style and taste in the whole of Europe, giving French luxury manufacturing advantages that long outlasted the fall of the Ancien Régime. Louis XIV's expansion of the building was begun around 1661, with Louis Le Vau as architect. It was not completed until about 1715, having been worked on by architects including François d'Orbay, Charles Le Brun (interiors especially), Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte. André Le Nôtre began the gardens and structures in them. There were a range of satellite buildings around the grounds. While the main château building remains essentially intact, though without much of its contents, some of these other buildings have been destroyed.
  • Samantha Licata

    16 days ago

    This palace is beautiful and you can easily spend an entire day here. After a trip across Europe with Paris being our last stop, we decided to take the trip to Versailles to view the palace and it was magical. Well maintained and very organized. I would suggest arriving early as the line to visit becomes very lengthy .. VERY quickly! Also the gardens are magical, be sure to enjoy the moment and not hide behind your cameras!

  • Danny Ray D

    3 days ago

    Very beautiful and opulent palace (especially The Hall of Mirrors). I loved the 22 karat gold gilding in almost every room. This site is obviously gigantic and it's best enjoyed if you spend a full day and plan out what you want to really see. Best to use a museum pass to reduce waiting time to buy tickets, but you will still have to go through the security check line like any major site. Getting a guided tour can help you go to certain parts of the palace not normally available for regular visitors (do your research).

  • Cameron Farah

    20 days ago

    Travel from Paris was quite easy. Make your way to a RER train station and you'll be dropped off 3 blocks away. The palace is truly opulent, as expected. I had expected to see more of the palace but at some point, once you've seen 10-15 rooms decorated and painted beyond comprehension, how many more do you need to see before you understand how they lived. Once you see how excessive their lifestyles were, you can understand why there was a revolution. The grounds and gardens are beautiful (and the are free on non-event days). Would I pay to see the inside of the palace again? No. Is it worth visiting at least once? Yes. Now that I've been inside the palace, I would take a day trip just to enjoy the gardens.

  • Monu Singh

    a month ago

    Great works of art, if your into that. Very grand palace, lavish and luxurious. Crowded and hard to get good picture. Too many your guides not respecting other people their other than their own group. Kinda rude. The park is very large. Prepare for lots of walking. Recommended on a good weather day. Gift shops are crazy expensive. Hard to see how they sell anything.

  • Amina Ibrahim

    13 days ago

    Gorgeous place!!! Just like the photos. You have to get there early in order to truly enjoy your time and avoid the lines. The trip there alone is breath taking. If your planing on going make it a day trip. There's plenty of food options around and boutiques. Enjoy your time!