Versailles - Versailles

Versailles, royal residence from 1682 to 1789 and symbol of absolute monarchy in France, needs no introduction. It was built at the instigation of Louis XIV, who kept an eagle eye on its construction over several decades, from the late 17th to the early 18th centuries. The extraordinary prowesses which contributed to this masterpiece of French classical architecture were due to Le Vau, Hardouin-Mansart, Le Brun, Mignard and Le Nôtre, to name but a few. Walking through the State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Chapel and Opera or wandering round the magnificent 800-acre grounds, you will have no difficulty conjuring up the splendour of what was once the greatest Court in Europe. The royal presence has left its mark everywhere, in the splendour of the decorations and in the elegant play on water and lighting. The history museum provides an insight into the way the Sun King and his descendants managed to control and crush the rebellious nobility, the final obstacle to a centralised state. Make sure you don't miss this unique experience!


Summer: 09.00am to 06.30pm, during the rest of the year: 09.00am to 05.30pm. Closed on Mondays.


Full tariff: 15 euros, reduced tariff: 11 euros.

Address : place d'Armes 78000 Versailles France

Subway : Station Versailles-Chantiers / Station Versailles-Rive Droite / Station Versailles-Rive Gauche-Château de Versailles : RER C

Bus : Stop: Pont de Sèvres Versailles-Place d'Armes : Bus 171

Phone : +331 30 83 78 00

Fax : +331 30 83 77 90

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