"When Kings lived in Versailles" Versailles by Luchonda

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Or the rulers of the "Ancient Regime" in France

Versailles - about 20 km western Paris
Formerly an immense hunting ground ( les Trianons )
Actualy the most famous "Chateau" in Europe - Peter the great tried to do it better - but failed.

Some figures :
- Garden : 800 ha, protected by 40km of walls
- The castle has about 900 employees - 400 for security
- Yearly about 10 million visitors - especially for the gardens
- There are about 600 fountains fed with water via 35km of water pipes
- To realize this Chateau and dream of King Louis XIV, the invoice was
116 500 000 livres or let's say 2 billion Euro

Stroll around the fountains and admire the water jets, explore the groves while enjoying live music concert performed in the royal garden.Walk through the French-style garden in the heart of the 800 hectares - imagined by Louis XIV himself and created in 1662 by the King's head gardener "Le Notre", who took 40 years to bring it to completion

Napoléons war room

Detail of a painting in his private War room
Napoléon never intended to stay in Versailles ... but as ruler of France and pirate of the Egyptian treasures - you will find an obelisk in his war room and some great war pictures of this little, but so great ruler of France.Napoléon Bonaparte and France - the war room itself is very impressive and i liked the huge paintings fully detailling French glory at the many battlefields.
Another place in the private rooms of Versailles, showing the different battles fields during France glorious time is "The gallery of the Battles"
- Battle of Poittiers
- Battle of Bouvines
- Battle of Austerlitz
But i never saw a Battlefield painting of Waterloo, Maybe better have a look on my London page, Nelson - a name to be reminded

Get up to the Kings Chamber

France and even European rulers at that time are watching over the King's sleep, politic steps and cultural influence.
Originally there was only one fire place in the room, the one one which the bust of Louis XIV by Coysefox is placed. The room has a marvelous view on the gardens.
Louis XIV and his culturale influence : he decided to reimport the marble stones from Italy never reimported since the fall of the Roman Empire

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most famous Chateau in Europe
  • Cons:Be there on the right time when flowers grow.
  • In a nutshell:Nice place to visit
  • Last visit to Versailles: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    After looking at your photos I'm not surprised that it is costing about 135 million euros to renovate this palace and its gardens. Do you know if they are finished renovating yet? Could take years, I suppose.

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2006 at 8:10 PM

    You captured quite a bit of the enormous size and beauty of Versailles.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 12:10 AM

    superb Luc, enjoyed the waters, Madame and the Staircase especially ..brought back so many good memories.and your right, the fountains looking sad without the water sparkle

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 12:42 AM

    Wow, great photos of both the fountains in action and the many amazing indoor marvels as well! A great page with beautiful panoramic outdoor scenes and interesting details on this most famous of Europe's estates!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2006 at 1:24 PM

    Excellent page Luc and such beautiful photos! The working fountains look absolutely stunning! Makes me really regret not having seen that. I guess I need to go back some day :-)

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    Beautiful pictures and page. I enjoy Versailles when I was there. :-)

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2006 at 12:27 PM

    Aaaaaaaaaaah, Luc, this page brings back memories!!! Interesting to read that the fountains don't start until 16 h!!! Fantastic page!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2006 at 5:25 AM

    yeah, in spring time Versailles looks much better. and working fountains. very nice

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2006 at 3:43 AM

    Luc, how lucky you are to see the fountains in full watery display! They are so beautiful, thanks for sharing!


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