The Palace or Castle of Versailles, is a building that performed the functions of a royal residence in past centuries. The palace is located in the municipality of Versailles, near Paris, in the Isle of France. It was built by orders of Louis XIV in the seventeenth century, who moved the entire court from Paris to Versailles in 1682, and is one of the most important monarchical architectural complexes in Europe.
With its three palaces, its gardens and its park, Versailles is an immense domain. Although Louis XIII built a hunting pavilion with a garden there, Louis XIV is its true creator, since it gave him his amplitude and determined his destiny.
It is the most visited castle in France and one of the most famous palaces in the world.
The garden of Versailles is classicist, orderly, rationalized. With landscaping, circulation is forced. Create an organization that relates all the sculptures and sources and extols the monarchy. The sculptures point to each other. Progressive civilization of the garden: very orderly, pruned and cared for in the area near the palace, and then it goes wild, that is to say it becomes wilder as we move away from the palace.
The palace and park complex of Versailles, including the Grand Trianon and the Little Trianon, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
The most famous salon is the hall of mirrors. Here many movies and commercials were filmed and where everyone wants to take a picture. Before the electric light, the room was illuminated with 3,000 candles. On this site the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the end of the First World War.
The palace gardens are an equally attractive attraction, which can be visited separately to the castle. The garden is so big, you can rent a small car, bicycles or use the train to transport you.
The last inhabitants of the palace, were the infamous Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who were expelled from the castle by the revolutionaries.
In 1789 the palace ceased to function as the official seat of power and subsequently became the Museum of the History of France.
+ The Palace of Versailles has 700 rooms, 2,513 windows, 352 chimneys (1,252 during the Old Regime), 67 stairs, 483 mirrors (distributed in the Grand Gallery, War Room and Hall of Peace), and 13 hectares of chimneys. The total area is 67,121 m² of which 50,000 are open to the public.
*Location: 15 Km southwest from the center of Paris.
*Schedule: The gardens are open every day of the week. The palace is open every day except Mondays and May 1st.
Versailles Palace 9:00-18:30.
The Domain of Trianon 12:00-18:30.
The Gallery of the Trainers 12:30-18:30.
The Gardens 8:00-20:30.
The Park 7:00-20:30.
The Dominion of Marly 7:30-19:30
*Rates: (All prices are in euros).
Entrance to the Palace for adults...$18.
Entrance to the Palace for childs (under 18 years old)...free.
Entrance to the Palace & Gardens for adults...$27.
Entrance to the Palace & Gardens for childs (under 18 years old)...free.
The park & gardens...free.
*Duration: One day.
*Warning: In the days of Grandes Eaux Musicals and Musical Gardens, access to the gardens is free only for children from 0 to 5 years old.
*Advice: The rows to visit this site are giants. Tip is to buy tickets online, but if you have to do the security queue anyway. It is completely worth waiting an hour in line to enter.
*Best time: April-August.
*Website: Versailles Palace.