"Palace of Versailles - The House of Louie's" France Favorite Tip by Goner

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  Palace of Versailles
by Goner

Favorite thing: The Palace of Versailles is one for the three most visited monuments in France. It was Louis XIV, The Sun King, who built this immense chateau to escape the busy life in Paris and to keep his nobility content. Here he set up his home and installed a government making it the headquarters of the state. It was Louis Le Vau who was commissioned to renovate and extend an old hunting lodge that was built by Louis XIII; the gardens were created from swamp land, and an architect named Mansart masterminded the hydraulic display of the fountains.

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2004
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