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Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles (French: Château de Versailles), often simply known as Versailles, is a former royal residence located in in Versailles, a suburb of Paris, which is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the central city.

The Palace of Versailles was the center of royal political power in France from 1682 (when King Louis XIV moved from Paris) until 1789, when the royal family was forced to return to the capital after the beginning of the French revolution.

Other historic events that have taken place at the Palace of Versailles include:
  • On January 18th 1871, during the Franco-Prussian War, Prussian King Wilhelm I, was proclaimed German Emperor in the Halls of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

  • The Palace of Versailles was the site of the post-World War I, Paris Peace Conference that took place in 1919.

  • The Treaty of Versailles, formally concluding World War I, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28th 1919.
Today, the Palace of Versailles is both a museum and a popular tourist attraction, as well as still being used for political functions. Among the political functions, the Palace is used for include as place for meeting foreign Heads of State, and as the site where the French Sénat (upper house of the Parliament of France) and Assemblée nationale (lower house of the Parliament of France) meet in congress to revise or amend the French Constitution.

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Versailles: A Biography of a Palace

By Tony Spawforth

Released: 2010-03-16
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Called "fast-paced" (Kirkus Reviews) and "highly engrossing" (Publishers Weekly), this is the behind-the-scenes story of the world's most famous palace.

The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789. Versailles sets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world: a great center of power and, for thousands, a home both grand and squalid.

Using the latest historical research, Spawforth offers the first full account of Versailles in English in over thirty years. He probes the conventional picture of this "perpetual house party" and gives full weight to the darker side: not just the mounting discomfort of the aging palace but also the intrigue and status anxiety of its aristocrats, as well as the changing place of Versailles in France's national identity since 1789.

Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself―from architecture to politics to scandal to restoration.

Palace of Versailles: Home to the Kings of France (Castles of the World)

By Jennifer Howse

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The opulent Palace of Versailles became the official royal residence of French monarchs during the reign of King Louis XIV. With 551,112 square feet (51,200 square meters) of floor space, rooms filled with gilded furniture, and more than 7,000 works of art, the Palace of Versailles showcases the luxurious lifestyles of the kings of France. Explore the facility, history, people, and science behind the building in Palace of Versailles, a Castles of the World book.

2019-2020: 2 Year Monthly Pocket Planner | Palace of Versailles, France (European Architecture)

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Spanning January 2019 until December 2020, this monthly planner has one month per two page spread, with space for notes, as well as yearly calendars for a broader view. The small size of this pocket planner is perfect for popping in your handbag for on-the-go organization, or in your backpack on your travels. It’s also perfect as a gift for friends, family, or the traveler in your life.

Featuring exclusive photography by renowned travel photographer Shaun Busuttil, the cover image of this monthly pocket planner was captured at the Palace of Versailles in France, and features a little girl in a yellow jacket playing in a royal courtyard.

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Palace of Versailles

By eTips LTD

Released: 2014-08-25
Kindle Edition (206 pages)

Palace of Versailles
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Relevant info for must see attractions such as History of Versailles, Time to visit, Tickets and Rates, Getting there, Gastronomy, The Palace, Gallery of Battles, The Gallery of the History of the Palace, The Hall of Mirrors, The King’s Grand Apartment, The King’s chamber, The Queen’s Grand Apartment, The King's interior apartments, The Royal Chapel, Apartments of the Dauphin and the Dauphine, Mesdames’ Apartments, Apartments of Marie-Antoinette, The Apartment of the Marquise de Pompadour, Museum of French History, The Congress room, Gardens & Park, Fountains, The Grand Canal, The Water Parterres, The Walks, Sculptures, The Orangerie, The Groves, The Grand Trianon, among others.

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Versailles: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Royal Palace

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2017-02-12
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

Versailles: The History and Legacy of France s Most Famous Royal Palace
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“Growing up in Versailles is like growing up in a museum, and the people living there are almost the security.” – Thomas Mars

In every nation, in every era of history, there are inevitably one or two places that become the symbol of the times. Mention Valley Forge to an American and it will immediately conjure up visions of a hard won fight for freedom. Likewise, the word Dunkirk said to a Briton will elicit a sense of both pride and horror at the lives lost and saved at that desperate point in World War II. For the French, and those who study their history, Versailles is a symbol of, as Charles Dickens once put it, “the best of times…the worst of times.” It was here that the Sun King, Louis XIV, built a palace worthy of a great nation during a time when peace was, at best, short-lived. It was at Versailles that Russian Tsar Peter the Great to study the palace’s architecture and gardens so that he could recreate them in his home country. Indeed, the greatest minds and artistic geniuses of the later stages of the Renaissance came to Versailles to build and paint, and it was here that Madame de Pompedour and her successor, Madame du Barry, used their wit and beauty to charm a king into doing their bidding.

However, as history constantly demonstrates, nothing good lasts forever, and so it was with Versailles. From the royal palace, Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette frittered away the goodwill of their people, leading to the French Revolution and their executions. Here the mobs amassed to demand “freedom, equality and brotherhood,” but mainly a piece or two of pilfered bric-a-brac. In the wake of the French Revolution, the palace was gutted and most of the beautiful reminders of its glory were sold away, along with the monarchy’s birthright and the concept of the “divine right of kings.”

While the palace was neglected for a time, its original workmen had done their jobs well enough that it managed to weather both time and the political storms that raged around it during the early 19th Century. In fact, it seems as though Versailles was destined to survive, if only so that such a thing of beauty wouldn’t be lost forever. Even as he focused on the rest of Europe, Napoleon felt the need to save Versailles, and over time it was restored to its original glory, if not its original purpose; no monarch has lived in Versailles for a long time. Instead, there is a republic, and with it a sense that the palace, once available only for the wealthy few, is now a place for people across the world to come and enjoy the splendor of a bygone era that, while not exactly missed, can nonetheless still be appreciated.

Versailles: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Royal Palace chronicles the remarkable history of one of the world’s most famous palaces and tourist spots. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Versailles like never before.

A Day at Versailles

By Yves Carlier

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Released: 2014-04-01
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The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most beautiful and fascinating achievements of eighteenth-century French art. This unique book offers readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure. The world's most iconic chateau has welcomed tourists the world over, yet this handsome slipcased volume offers up the charm of a thousand and one hidden places in the chateau, its gardens, and pavilions. All were designed to surprise and delight the eye and all the senses at every turn, their ornate decoration forming an integral part of the elite lifestyle of the eighteenth century. This comprehensive volume captures the exquisite setting and inimitable ambience of Versailles and its gardens, from its intimate private spaces usually closed to the general public to the charming Petit Trianon and dairy farm created for the pure pleasure of Marie-Antoinette.

The Palace of Versailles (History's Great Structures)

By Craig E. Blohm

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Discusses the origins, construction, and gardens of the Palace of Versailles, court life when French royalty lived there, and its history and use during and after the French Revolution.


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