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Apr-2015

Exploring the Splendor of Versailles

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Château de Versailles, originally built in 1623 by Louix XIII, remains to be one of the most awe-inspiring palaces in the world. The palace is famous mostly for its residents, King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, and the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. As one strolls through the opulent palace, symmetrical gardens, grand vistas, marble fountains, and pools, one can imagine what Marie Antoniette saw in her last days as Queen of France.

With more than 10,000 visitors a year, we were quite fortunate during our recent visit to the royal estate. It was a rainy and chilly March weekday and surprisingly deserted. As we meandered the corridors and chambers it’s hard not to marvel in the splendor and grandeur of the architecture and décor of the palace. Versailles is truly a breathtaking sight and the gardens (despite the fact the fountains weren’t running during our visit) were equally spectacular.

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The Palace

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The Gate of Honour

 

032615 Versailles 110The Marble Court

 

032615 Versailles 015The Hercules Drawing Room

 

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The Hercules Drawing Room

 

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The State Apartment

 

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The Mars Drawing Room

 

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The Hall of Mirrors

 

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The Peace Drawing Room

 

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The King’s Bedchamber

 

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032615 Versailles 067The Queen’s Bedchamber

 

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The Room of the Queen’s Gentlemen

 

032615 Versailles 076The Grand Couvert Dining Room
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The Room of the Queen’s Guard

 

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The Coronation Room

 

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Staircase
(There are 700 rooms and 67 staircases in the Palace.)

 

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032615 Versailles 098The  Hall of Battles

 

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Corridor

 

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The Gardens

 

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Marble Vases

 

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 Grand Canal

 

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 Fountain of Apollo

 

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Trianon

 

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The Small Trianon

 

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The Small Trianon Staircase

 

032615 Versailles 157The Music Room

 

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The French Pavilion

 

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The Gardens
(The entire grounds of Versailles measure larger than the island of Manhattan in New York.)

 

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Dragon Sculpture

 

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Have you visited Versailles? We love to connect with others, so feel free to leave us a comment!

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  1. Kim B. /

    So amazing to see your lush, sumptuous photos in such a large format — it really shows them off to perfection. i’m so glad you had a great visit out there and a chance to drink in all that beauty. thanks for sharing!

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