Paris – Chateau Versailles (au revoir mon ami)

– JULY 27, 2015

The beautiful Chateau de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for over 30 years, is a quick thirty minute train ride from downtown Paris.  This is one of the most amazing achievements of 18th century French Art.  The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682.  Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.  This has been on Jill’s hit list for many years.

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Chateau Versailles entrance courtyard

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Chateau Versailles entrance courtyard

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Chateau Versailles entrance courtyard

In the 1670s, Louis XIV built the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, whose most emblematic achievement is the Hall of Mirrors designed by Mansart.  This is where the king put on his most ostentatious display of royal power in order to impress visitors.  The Chapel and Opera were built in the next century under Louis XV.

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior – Hall of Mirrors

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Chateau Versailles palace interior – Hall of Mirrors

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace exterior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior – Hall of Mirrors

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

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Chateau Versailles palace interior

The chateau lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France, which was founded at the behest of Louis-Philippe, who ascended to the throne in 1830.  That was when many of the chateau’s rooms were taken over to house the new collections we see today, which were added to the early 20th century.  These collections trace back to the roots of French history.

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Ballroom

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Ballroom

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Night Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Dragon Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Water Theatre Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Water Theatre Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Apollos Baths Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Green Carpet

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Green Carpet

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Green Carpet

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Mirror Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Mirror Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Mirror Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Saturn Fountain

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Colonnade Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Enceladus Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Domes Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Star Grove

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Chateau Versailles exterior courtyard – Ceres Fountain

Now its time to depart from France and move on to our next destination off the original plan.  Au revoir mon ami…we will return to France again in the future.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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