Versailles, Paris

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    Versailles -Hall of mirrors

    by mallyak Written Aug 17, 2008

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    The Grand Apartment (Grand Appartement du Roi)
    'And since the Sun is the emblem of the King, seven planets were taken to serve as the subject of the paintings of the seven salons of this apartment' (Félibien des Avaux, 1674). The Grand Apartment glorified the Sun King. A room known as the Abundance Salon led to other salons_Venus, Diana, Mars, Mercury, and Apollo_each dedicated to a heavenly body. That is why they were originally called the Apartment of the Planets when the New Chateau was being built. In 1710, another salon was added, this time dedicated to the mythological hero

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    Palace of Versailles

    by mallyak Written Aug 16, 2008

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    The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles, France.

    In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris. 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. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy that Louis XIV espoused

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    PETIT TRIANON - OPEN AGAIN.

    by breughel Written Jul 25, 2008

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    Versailles - Petit Trianon

    Le Petit Trianon, after restoration works, is again open for interior visits since 22/07/2008. (I was lucky to arrive just on the first day of opening).
    Please note that like the other parts of the "Domaine de Marie-Antoinette" Grand Trianon, etc. the Petit Trianon is closed in the morning and opens only at 12 h till 18 h.

    Le Petit Trianon, longtemps fermé en raison d'importants travaux de restauration est enfin ouvert. Le 17/07/2008 un ami français me signalait que le Petit Trianon était encore fermé; par chance le mardi 22/07 lors de ma visite il venait d'ouvrir. Les ouvriers retiraient leurs machines et matériaux et il y avait déjà foule de visiteurs. Comme les autres parties du Domaine de Marie-Antoinette ce palais n'ouvre qu'à partir de 12 h.

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    Château - RECENT PRACTICAL INFO

    by breughel Updated Jul 25, 2008

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    Versailles Ch��teau - Panels I and A.
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    Just back from a visit to Versailles (22/07/2008) I observed that a number of information given on the official website is not actual anymore.
    When you pass the exterior gate you will have on the left (photo 1) a panel indicating Billets - Tickets > where you have to buy your ticket (this is unchanged). On the right of that panel stands one with indication A > this entrance is for all individuals having a ticket or a Paris museum pass (photo 2 at 4 pm.).
    There is no gate C anymore for the Paris Museum Pass in contradiction with what your will read on the Paris museum pass and previous info from Versailles website. On the extreme right is the entrance for groups.
    As more and more visitors buy their ticket in advance you find already a line at 9 hour at the opening at the gate . Here visitors pass in a prefab "pavilion" with 3 detector frames (photo 3). They check your bag.
    From here you can go where you want, usually the circuit of the "Château de Versailles" with the highlights "Galerie des Glaces" and "Chambre du Roi".

    The crowds at the Château de Versailles attain a maximum in summer season, by nice weather (no fun to visit the kilometres of gardens in the rain), and on Tuesday when the Louvre is closed.
    Don't think that there will be no lines in the late afternoon. My pic n°4 shows a 200 m line for buying tickets at 16.30 h but on an exceptional sunny day.

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    Fountains

    by chennaismartguy Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Latona Fountain

    These fountains are very famous and you dont want to miss it, after going all the way to see the palace. Since there is a separate entrance fee for the gardens. The fountains are in operation for 2/3 times a day....at 11:00am and 3:00pm during the srping. The inner ones goes for only 45 minutes and the outer ones for 1 hour, so first try to walk around the musical fountains on the inside and then see the outer ones. Dont miss these....
    'The Latona Fountain', which is the very first one on the center - It illustrates the legend of the mother Diana and Apollo protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia and demanding vengeance of jupiter, changing them in frog. Surrounded by the Lizard Fountain, the Latona Fountain, constructed under Louis XIII, was modies by J.H. Mansart between 1687 & 1689.
    'The Fountains of Apollo's Chariot' - The Apollo's chariot, dug under the reign of Louis XIII and fitted out under Louis XIV who had the magnificient group represent "Apollo on his Chariot" installed, later created by Tuby from drawings by Lebrun. 3 majestic fountains rise from this pool, the central jet reaching a height of 20 meters.

    And other fountains - Neptune Fountain

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    Required more walking

    by chennaismartguy Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Versailles - is one of beautiful placeses around the world. Go early to avoid the queues. when time we reached around 8:55am in the morning, the queue was little big...means there were around 50 people before us. buy the tickets for both the Gardens and the palace. Since the garden fountains are the famous ones and off course the palace. You dont need a guide for the palace, since they give year phones along with the selective languages. Dont miss out the garden fountains, its operative only during 2/3 times a day...i think its 11:00am and 3:00pm during the spring time. The main fountains are in operational for 1 hour, but the interiors are only for 45 minutes, so first get into the interiors and then go to the bigger ones at the enterance and at the last. We missed this, due to unawareness.

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    Before Getting TO Versailles

    by cheer15 Written May 19, 2008

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    Before arriving at Versailles stop at the Gift Shop where they sell the tickets to get in, and buy them there. Because once you get to the castle the line will be huge! No matter the season. Once you buy the tickets just go to the entrance and give them your ticket. (Beats waiting hours in line ) : )

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    The Backyard of King's

    by wilocrek Written Apr 3, 2008

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    Visiting the grounds of Versailles are worth the price of admission, one could spend several days exploring and still not even come close to seeing everything. The backyard of King's has endless gardens, and even a lake. The best way to see everything is to rent a bike, down by the lake and ride around. There is much to do, you can rent a small boat and even walk the paths that King Louis would walk, or at least have his servants walk for him. If you will be in Paris for an extended period its worth taking two days to see Versailles so you can dedicate at least one full day to explore the backyard of Versailles.

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    Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

    by wilocrek Written Apr 3, 2008

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    As amazing as the exterior of Versailles is, it's the interior of the chateau that will shock and amaze. It's hard to believe that even royalty lived this way, with such disregard to good sense and economic responsibility, but then again who are we to judge? It was worth their greed for the tourists of today to have something to look at that will never be replicated in today's more tightfisted times. Get ready for long hallways with lavish tapestries and paintings galore. There is much to see and not nearly enough time to see it all.

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    Living Royally Large

    by wilocrek Updated Apr 3, 2008

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    It's hard to blame the French Monarchy for being completely out of touch with the common folk, after all they were too busy living a lifestyle so lavish it would make ....well actually there really isn't any reasonable comparison to make as the French Monarchy pretty much set the standard for living large and lavishly. Chateau Versaille is a living legacy to that! Built as a modest hunting lodge for a French King, it was later rebuilt by Louis XIV and metamorphosed into the magnificent palace we know today. Let them eat cake indeed!

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    Versailles

    by cheer15 Written Mar 17, 2008

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    Well when I went to versailles i went on the wrong day and it was closed. It was a bummer because it took us a while to get down there from the latin quarter, and there went half of our day. Also make sure to stop at the versailles store before you get to the castle so that way you dont have to buy the tickets when u get there and have to wait 2 hours in line. And if you are a student, or in college bring your student id and you will get a discount, (or free) i forget.

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    Versaille

    by Toyin Written Mar 15, 2008

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    Versaille is about 80 miles from Latin Quater or generally from the centre. Its better done by train as taxi would be unduely expensive. Though mid April is not the peak period for tourists, I will still advise you go as you already planned; that is on tuesday. This way you if you leave as early as 7am you can do most of the important tours inside the Chateaux. Then save another weekend to enjoy the outside seanery, including the water fountain. Versaille is not a place you can do in one day depending on the type of information you are seeking, the exterior/landscape is a beauty that needs to be explore in detail. Your hotel reception desk would be most helpful on further information you may seek.

    I wish you a wonderful trip to Paris.

    Toyin

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    Chateau de Versailles - MAGNIFIQUE

    by sirgaw Written Feb 25, 2008

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    UNESCO World Heritage Listed Chateau de Versailles cannot be seen in one day - and I'd suggest at least 2 days. There is an excellent package available through Transilien which combines rail travel to and from the Chateau, entrance fees (using group entrance), audio guide and entrance into the Petit Trianon.

    You can read my experiences visiting this wonderful site on a travelogue where there are additional links.

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    Peace Out!

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 31, 2008

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    Situated several km S-W of Paris, Versailles, at the time of Louis XIII was no more than a modest hunting lodge. The creation of the great castle was due to Louis XIV who abandoned the Louvre to build a royal palace. The architects Hardouin-Mansart and Le Notre managed the works for a long time. In 1789, the royal family finally returned to Paris. In 1837, Louis-Philippe decided to convert it as the museum of French History. Nowadays, the castle has been restored to be as beautiful as in the past.

    PRICE
    1 November – 31 March...18 and over : 16€
    1 April – 31 October - 18 + 20€ on weekdays, 25€ at weekends and on public holidays

    TIME
    1 November - 31 March - 9am to 5.30pm. last admission: 5pm
    1 April - 31 October - 9am to 6.30pm. last admission: 6pm

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    VERSAILLES- THE ENCHANTING CHATEAU

    by kmohandas Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    VESAILLES PALACE -VIEW FROM GARDEN
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    "It is a chateu that may be called an enchanted palace, since the artistic adjstments have so effectively helped natures effect in placing it"- Moliere
    "It is not a palace,it is a whole town. Magnificient in sustance"- Charles Perrault"
    These quotations aptly describe the stunnig beauty of this amazing place on our planet.
    Entry ticket costs Euro 13.50/- per person (Audio guide included). To see the garden additional Euro 7/- ticket is required.
    If you ever come to Paris, never return unless you see this most beautiful palace on Earth.

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