Palace of Versailles

by Sally Tobin April. 18, 2017 1381 views

The Palace of Versailles, Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France.

I did a day trip from Paris with two of my friends in the summer and we had a fantastic day learning about the royal family and picnicking in the gardens.

The Cour d'Honneur (Courtyard of Honour) is located between the Place d'Armes and the Cour Royale. From this courtyard, you can access the Ministers' wings and the entrances to the Palace and Gardens.


The Cour de Marbre (Marble Courtyard) is the original courtyard of the palace, built by Louis XIII in 1623. Its black and white tiles come from the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

The construction of the Royal Chapel lasted between 1689 and 1710. Every day, usually in the morning at 10am, the court would assemble for the King's mass. Every Thursday, an orchestra gives audiences the chance to discover the full range of the European repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Ceiling painting

Bust of Louis XIV in the Diana Room.

Ceiling painting in the Mars Room of Mars on his chariot being pulled by Wolves.

The Hall of Mirrors is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles. As the principal and most remarkable feature of King Louis XIV of France's third building campaign of the Palace of Versailles, construction of the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678.

Painting of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Painting of Levèe du Siège d'Orléans 18 May 1429 in La galerie des Batailles - That is Joan of Arc in the centre.

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