Visit the Palace of Versailles and enjoy its program

Published by My B., Cécile D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 17 June 2022 at 12h48
The Palace of Versailles, its gardens, and its estate are part of the world heritage. Official home to kings of France, the Palace of Versailles holds the record of the biggest castle in the world, and the most visited on in France of course.

Set in Versailles, in Yvelines department, the Palace of Versailles is one of the greatest French art achievements in the 17th century. Listed for over 30 years as part of the world heritage, it used to be home to kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.

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At first, the palace aimed at glorifying the French monarchy. Initially built for king Louis XIII as a hunting lodge, the estate aroused enthusiasm of the royal family who saw the royal court moving from Paris to Versailles. The hunting lodge was then transformed into a royal complexe with richly decorated rooms, landscaped gardens and magnificent fountains.

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For decades, Kings of France lived there, enabling the estate to change and improve. The reign that ended at the French Revolution, where the royal family was forced to Paris. As of today, the palace is one of the sites the most admired and visited in France. Every year, about 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walk the gardens (excluding on health-related rules).

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In addition to the fabulous gardens featuring 2,300 bodies of water covering 63,154sqm, 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains, the palace if a masterpiece itself, housing thousands of remarkable pieces you must discover. If you had to visit one room, it would undoubtedly be the famous Hall of Mirrors counting up to 357 mirrors, including seventeen arches covered in mirrors reflected in the seventeen arched windows looking on the gardens.

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The Palace of Versailles is so big you need several days to visit it. Over the course of your discoveries, do not miss the Domaine du Trianon, and the famous Hameau de la Reine. The Domaine du Trianon is set by the Petit Parc and houses the Grand Trianon, the palaces of the Petit Trianon, the Hameau de la Reine, and varied ornmental gardens. Marie-Antoinette's famous shelter, the gardens and the Maison de la Reine still show her influence.

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To discover all year around and in the surroundings:

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Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 19 April 2022

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    Location

    Place d'Armes
    78000 Versailles

    Prices
    Billet Domaine de Trianon: €12
    Billet Château: €18
    Billet complet hors Grandes Eaux: €20
    Billet complet avec Grandes Eaux: €27

    Official website
    www.chateauversailles.fr

    Booking
    www.chateauversailles.fr

    More informations
    Le Château et le domaine de Trianon sont ouverts tous les jours sauf le lundi. Le Château ouvre à 9h ; le domaine de Trianon ouvre à midi.
    Le Parc et les Jardins sont ouverts tous les jours. Les Jardins sont payants les jours de grandes Eaux Musicales.

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