We did not have much time to visit the Gardens surrounding the Chateau or the town of Versailles having spent almost an entire afternoon in the palace itself. The Gardens pictured here were the work of landscape architect Andre le Note. There are innumerable fountains and artificial ponds drawing their water supply from an extensive system of underground resevoirs and aqueducts. The fountains are constructed so that the water appears still to the observer - another ego-trip for the Sun King, indicating his power over the forces of nature, specifically to bring flowing water to a halt. Behind the gardens lie the two Trianon palaces, constructed as private residences for the royalty away from the main building. Two images of the surrounding village depict a quaint town probably well worth exploring - maybe we'll get back someday.
Versailles is stunning. And BIG. So big you might wanna spend a whole day exploring it. Beware of the long queues to get in. My SO and I had to stand up in line for ONE hour and it was raining, so we kept ourselves to the Palace. In some areas of the Palace it's forbidden to film or take pictures.
Take into consideration that the Palace is closed on Mondays :)
Versailles is located outside Paris and is about 12 miles away. We took a Parisvision tour that included a tour guide plus a visit of the main palace, chapel, royal bedchambers, and the Hall of Mirrors.
This is a huge palace that the Sun King, Louis XIV, built after he witnessed his finance minister's, Nicolas Fouquet, massive residence. Fouquet upstaged the king and was punished by being relieved of his duties and was imprisoned.
In order to retain his dignity Louis XIV hired Fouquet's architect (Le Vau, gardener (Le Notre), and decorator (Le Brun) to makeover Versailles. The result was dazzling.
I was really impressed with the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart (as a boy) performed a recital for Marie Antoinette. And I was amazed with the royal bedchambers. I found it thoroughly amazing that the king's toilet habits could be witnessed by his subjects and that the queen gave birth in public view.
The palace here is amazing, of course. It was a great day trip, and I came home ready to re-learn some of the French history I'd forgotten since high school. I was glad we'd walked with a guide - there really is so much in the palace to see. It may be well worth hiring the hand held guides that are usually available.
But, remember, the palace isn't the only thing in the town. Wander some of the side streets and enjoy the amazing food and atmosphere that's easy to find.
From the main entrance, to the marble courtyard, to the back water parterre, and up to the furnishings.... it's absolutely grandiose!
One of world's largest castles, the Chateau de Versailles is a must-see!
The Chateau de Verssailes became the royal court residence in 1682 after the palaces at the Louvre and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
700 fabulous rooms, 6000 paintings, more than 2000 sculptures, thousands of furnitures, objets d'arts & drawings. Flowers, peach and apple trees filled the vast gardens and gorgeous fountains and what looks to me like a small man-made lake(?).
When I was there (Septmber 2005), there was restorations going on and many rooms are not accessible. So check out first the available things that are available to the public at the time of visit.
Versailles is on the outskirts of Paris. To get there, you'd have to take the RER. It really is a great way to see how royalty used to live. The palace itself is exquisite and opulant. It gets very crowded so be prepared! Go early because the line up gets very long.
There are audioguides available in English as well as different languages. These audioguides are very helpful in order for you to appreciate what you are seeing in front of you. There are different types of passes that you can get and these passes give you access to different parts of the palace.
If you want to go to the gardens, you have to buy a separate pass. The gardens are beautiful and reaches as far as the eye can see. There are restrooms outside and restaurants where you can grab a quick bite.
The Chateau contains many other famous room, all filled with paintings, statues, and ornate chandeliers, as well as extensive ceiling paintings, all seen on this page. To the left, a photo of Marie Antoinette's bed. The last photo is down an off-limits hallway, giving an idea of the majesty of this palace.
"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.
This is a huge place, and you can only view some ( a few) of the inside rooms, and it takes a long time to get to the front of the line. Reservations for tickets should be made ahead of time. If you would rather, go view the gardens in the backyard and Maria Antoinette's serenity place. Even if you get there early in the morning, there are lines stacking up quickly, and even reserved tickets can be a problem, in that they are not necessarily. It is said to be the largest in the world, and must be bigger than Schoenbrunn. There are 700 rooms and 2,000 windows ringing the courtyard and for views to the gardens, which is 1800 acres. It was started as a hunting lodge in 1623 by King Louis XIII, to get out of the city and relax. It continued to grow, and in 1682 was designated the official residence. The problem is then the royalty were out of touch with the society in the city and in time they paid for that with lives. It became a museum in 1837, not long after the Revolution of 1792.
in 1668 king louis XIV began construction on the largest palace in europe. this monument to the "sun king" is overwhelming in it's opulence. the gardens alone seem to run for miles. you enter through the marble courtyard into the main palace. the main attractions are the, royal apartments, the hall of war, the salon de venus, and the hall of mirrors. in the hall of mirrors the treaty of versailles was signed in 1919 after WWI. to see this palace and gardens allocate a least a half a day. a must see sight when visiting paris.
one of the MUST things to do/go in paris (if you stay at leat 3 days) because it will take you half a day to go to versailles.
It's not that far away, only 30 minutes from the centre of paris, but even though you arrive really early you will have to make a long queue!!!! (which I most hated!! ) 1 hour queue to get the ticket (14 euros, it includes the audioguide). If you are a europeean citizen or you have european nationaly and you are minor of 24 yeras old, you can avoid making the queue presenting your id directly in the entrance of the palace.
There are a lof of painting and statues, but what i liked more was to see the furniture in the rooms because it makes you image how the kings used to live in the palace
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
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.
1 November – 31 March...18 and over : 16€
1 April – 31 October - 18 + 20€ on weekdays, 25€ at weekends and on public holidays
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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This an area that is so very wonderful and you can walk along the peaceful paths to see all the 1700's era structures. King Lois XIV wanted to get away from the people who came to the front an took in the beauty of the Versailles palace they helped finance. So he built the Petit Trianon for starters. From there, things got out of hand because Marie Antoinette loved it back there so much, she nearly lived at the grounds. A Queens hamlet is from 1783, where workers had every day life of milking, and farm chores. Twelve other buildings were continually added, and 9 are intact today.
To visit Versailles in July on a sunny sunday :) can be an unforgetable experience. Try to be lost in the labyrints and go out just in the front of Neptune Fountain and you will feel the same. And smell all the flowers near the Venus Fountain and fill your chest with their colours.
The park is much bigger that we were expecting reading about it. We hope to have the possibility to spend another half day in that place sometime....
Tip: Plan your visit to Versailles on Sunday, when the fountains are working!