There’s Palaces….Then There’s Versailles

Someone once said “There’s palaces and then there’s Versailles.” Well he or she definitely was not exaggerating. Château de Versailles is unlike any other palace that I have seen. It is unbelievably large and stunning in appearance.

Versailles itself has a very rich history. I first heard of Versailles in high school while studying World War I. The treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles(as the name implies).The Treaty of Versailles was one of the peace treaties at the end of WWI and it made Germany accept blame for the war and pay reparations.

Originally Versailles was swampy countryside but it is now a posh suburb just outside of Paris. In 1624, under the commands of King Louis XIII a hunting lodge was constructed there and eventually the log was expanded into a palace. However, Louis XIV was the one who expanded Versailles into one of the biggest palaces in the world. The court was in Versailles until 1789 when the royal family was moved to Paris as a result of the French revolution which led to the demise of the absolute monarchy.

Today, the palace has been beautifully preserved and is one of France’s top tourist destination. Unfortunately, I was unable to go inside the palace because waiting time on the line was about four hours. I was limited to the outside of the palace and the gardens.

Statue of King Louis LIV

Statue of King Louis LIV

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Front of the palace

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Gold fences, front of the palace

Entrance to the palace

Entrance to the palace

Palace

Palace

Panoramic from the garden

Panoramic from the garden

View from the garden

View from the garden

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My guided tour concluded in Paris so myself and two other travelers ventured to Versailles on our own. I personally could not have came that close without visiting, it was an absolute must see. I am very happy that I got to experience the palace even if it was just from outside. The garden had me in awe!!

Stay tuned the garden deserves a post of its own.

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