Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, now it is an historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartment. The second-most visited monument in France represents a top example of French Baroque Classicism. An immense art piece on the 2,000-acre estate was thought out, designed, and built meticulously over 100 years. The Versailles Palace was built in order to glorify the French monarchy and it remains the real symbol of this period. To make the most of your visit at Versailles, hop on one of our Versailles tours to visit rooms that are not normally allowed to visit.
This huge hall is lined with more than 350 mirrors, which in the 17th century were as precious as diamonds, and it was supposed to subjugate every single visitor Louis XIV may have had. The Halls of Mirrors is an important point not only in French history, for example the Treaty of Versailles was signed in this room in 1919.
The Queen’s Apartment includes the bed chamber in which 19 royal children were born, and from which Marie Antoinette escaped an angry mob through a secret side door during the Revolution in 1789. Versailles has now reopened Marie Antoinette's excellent private apartments after three years of restoration.
Containing over 60,000 works, the collections of the Palace of Versailles offer a chronological overview of the history of France from the Middle Ages up to the late 19th century. They primarily comprise sculptures and paintings dating from the 16th through to the 19th centuries.
Marie Antoinette had a peasants’ village built in the grounds. This rustic enclave was a functioning farm whose products supplied the kitchens of the palace. The Queen’s Hamlet does not belong to any particular style, combining as it does various influences from rural architecture, but it does succeed in creating a sense of aesthetic coherency.
Also, you should not miss the Versailles Garden, that is one of the best examples of the French gardening style, with symmetry and fountains, the canal, the different alleys and the huge park surrounded by the forest. And The Grand Chapel, which combines gothic architectural influences with a baroque aesthetic, where Marie Antoinette was married to the Dauphin. Same as The Trianon palaces, commissioned by Louis XIV in 1670 to get away from the arduous pomp of life in the court and to pursue his affairs with a series of mistresses, including his favourite, Madame de Pompadour. The Grand Trianon is an impressive structure and perhaps the most refined architectural ensemble in Versailles.