Absolute Monarchy

Just 20 kilometres south of Paris is one of the biggest palaces in the world: the Château de Versailles. Once the centre of the country‘s political power, Versailles is now one France’s main tourist attractions. Although construction on the palace, originally a hunting lodge, began in 1661, the court of Louis XIV was not established until 1682. It remained the centre of the court until 1789 when the royal family was forced out beginning of the French Revolution. If you’re in Paris, Versailles is definitely worth a visit.

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The rooms open to the public are the Grand Apartment du Roi (the king’s apartments), seven rooms named after the planets then known, the Grand Apartment de la Reine (the queen’s apartments) and the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors). The Hall of Mirrors is the most celebrated room of Versailles and one of the most renowned rooms in the world, and trust me, it doesn’t disappoint! Seventeen arches, each containing twenty-one mirrors, reflecting seventeen windows overlooking the palace gardens with chandeliers hanging from a beautifully painted ceiling. The only thing that could make this room better is seeing it without the swarms of people. Although the whole palace is very crowded it’s not a big problem. Most of the beauty is in the details above.

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