Palace of Versailles

On our first full day in Paris, we visited the Palace of Versailles, Château de Versailles. We took a train to Versailles, a Paris suburb. At the airport, we had purchased a weekly Navigo pass for the Paris metro and suburban trains to the airport and Versailles. We also purchased a 4-day Paris museum pass with access to a faster line than purchasing individual tickets, and we started the pass at Versailles.

Walking to the palace from train station, you see the front of the palace, with the chapel on the far right. Louis XIV moved the French court from the Louvre to Versailles in 1682. He and his successors expanded the Versailles palace until the French monarchy was overthrown in 1789 by the French Revolution. The furnishings were auctioned off, so the palace is mostly empty.

Versailles palace
Versailles palace

The royal chapel is huge.

royal chapel

The Hall of Mirrors is opulent and the most famous room. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War II and created conditions leading to World War II, was signed here.

Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors

The palace and its grounds are immense.

palace from the rear gardens
palace from the rear gardens

Looking away from the palace, there are fountains and a mile-long canal. Before the Revolution, Venetian gondoliers ferried guests on the canal.

Versailles grounds
Versailles grounds

Looking down the lawn on the left, the Apollo fountain is at the beginning of the canal.

Apollo fountain
Apollo fountain

The palace and park of Versailles are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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