Travel to the Palace of Versailles and visit the opulence of 17th Century France.
Visit the largest Royal site in the world
The Palace of Versailles is the world's largest royal domain with over 700,000 square feet of floorspace. The overwhelming magnificence of this palace built by King Louis XIV can only be experienced by walking around both inside and outside. It served as the political epicenter from 1682 to 1789 when the French Revolution began. Located 15 miles from Paris, Versaille is accessible and a must-visit when traveling to France.
The Hall of Mirrors is over 200 feet long and 40 feet high. It is breathtakingly awe-inspiring to witness the opulence of the French monarchy of the 1600s. The Hall of Mirrors with crystal chandeliers and gilded statutes can hold over 15,000 candles. Imagine these being lit with the reflections of the mirrors in the 17th Century. Decadent and simply amazing!
The Gardens of Versailles are meticulously manicured over 800 hectares of land, much of which is landscaped in the classic French Garden style. The fountains of Versaille create an oasis feeling and and the hydraulic system used was the most sophisticated and advanced of it's era. On weekends from late spring to early autumn, the administration of the museum sponsors the Grandes Eaux – spectacles during which all the fountains in the gardens are in full play.
While much of the Palace of Versaille was destroyed during the French Revolution, many of the rooms along with French antique furniture survived. The stately rooms are lavishly detailed with furniture, mirrors, curtains and accessories dating back to when the Palace thrived as the political home to King Louis XIV and his Royal staff.
Interested in seeing more French Castles? Visit the Loire Valley, located 80 miles south of the Palace of Versaille.