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Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles used to be the famous residence of the French Kings. The most famous was Louis XIV (14th). The famous Queen Marie-Antoinette also left her mark with her Hameau (that means tiny village), she built herself a private heaven where she could avoid the pressure from the Court and its heavy traditions.
Official website about Palace of Versailles
The photos were taken on January 27th, 2007.

Palace of Versailles


The marble court is really the center of the Palace.

King's bedroom


Palace of Versailles - from the garden


The famous Hall of Mirrors is on the first floor and is almost all palace lenght.

Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (1)


It is located around the Parterre d'eau.

Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (2)


Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (3)


Gardens of Versailles


Large perspective from the foot of the Palace.

Bassin d'Apollon


This fountain is amazing and located in the center of the Gardens.

High trees alley


From the Grand Canal to Saint Antoine Door (West side of the park).

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : Petit Trianon


Marie-Antoinette's Estate : Temple of Love (1)


Marie-Antoinette's Estate : Temple of Love (2)


Marie-Antoinette's Estate : Temple of Love (3)


Marie-Antoinette's Estate : Temple of Love (4)


Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Park


Going to the Hameau (tiny village) from the Petit Trianon.

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Pond


Marie-Antoinette's pastoral pond side Hameau in the park, built in 1783

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Mill


Located in to the Marie-Antoinette's Hameau (tiny village).

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Queens's House


Located in to the Marie-Antoinette's Hameau (tiny village).

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Marlborough Tower


Located in to the Marie-Antoinette's Hameau (tiny village).

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the Dovecote


Located in to the Marie-Antoinette's Hameau (tiny village).

Marie-Antoinette's Estate : the vine


Located in to the Marie-Antoinette's Hameau (tiny village).

Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (4)


Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (5) at night


Statue in the Gardens of Versailles (6)


More about Palace of Versailles
The Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles, France. In English it is often referred to as the Palace of Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris with city status in its own right. From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in Ancien Régime France.

In 1660, Louis XIV, who was approaching majority and the assumption of full royal powers from the advisors who had governed France during his minority, was casting about for a site near Paris but away from the tumults and diseases of the crowded city. He had grown up in the disorders of the civil war between rival factions of aristocrats called the Fronde and wanted a site where he could organize and completely control a government of France by absolute personal rule. He settled on the royal hunting lodge at Versailles, and over the following decades had it expanded into the largest palace in the world. Versailles is famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy which Louis XIV espoused.

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