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    best marché n Paris region, Notre Dame

    by gwened Updated Apr 1, 2013

    yes its the best, and I have been to all of them, after almost 10 years living in the city, its not just a shopping experience but a visit a must for all visitors as well as residents.

    The freshest most friendly service is found here every time. the marché Notre-Dame is over .379 years old, as it was the idea of the King Louis XIV from 1634 to have market in town. the first went up on every tuesdays and 3 major events per year. Then ,in 1721 they were remodeled again with pave stones,and building codes. The new one came on in 1724 with four carrés or buildings. After the French revolution of 1789 the marche is almost dead; and it falls in decay. It is in 1835 that the city of Versailles takes over the place. the old buildings are destroyed in 1837and a new era begins. The new one first stone was done in 1841 and it open again on September 15 1842. It was renovated again in 1900. THE new building code and agreement with the merchantes for the new modern world was taken and a new life upon the market came to be in 1982. Its a must while in Versailles.

    There are open on the exterior parts on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 7h-14h and the interior parts on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7h to 19h30 ,and the Sundays from 7h -14h.

    Each building houses a different type of product, one for the fish and seafood or la marée, one for the beefs a la viande, one for spices and leafy items aux herbes, one for the bread and pastries a l a farine, etc. see the Food market link on the webpage from the Versailles tourist office in contact for further English information

    It is open covered market from Tuesdays to Saturdays 7h to 13h30 and 15h to 19h30
    Sundays from 7h to 14h
    the open market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 7h30 to 14h
    the non food market like clothings is open wednesdays, thursdays, and Saturdays from 11h to 19h30

    i encourage you to try it, and like me will be captivated by it, just marvelous and better prices than that other big city nearby !!=)

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    Musee lambinet, the city museum

    by gwened Updated Mar 31, 2013

    if you want to really know Versailles and a lot more than the castle than you must visit this place. If you like museums you need to visit this place if you like history, architecture, you need to visit this place

    This is one museum in one town you need to visit. its 35 rooms in a wonderful mansion from the 18C, you have furniture, stamps, maps, ceramic,objets d'arts (like minituare watches), portraits, plaques,, in the 3rd floor you have the history of Versailles like the arms manufacture of Versailles, a wonderful section on the French revolution at its early stages,and portraits of famous Versaillaises like Lambinet himself, and Corot,and work by the impressionists Maillol, luce,Loiseau,and Signac.

    The building was built in the second part of the 18C, the descendants of the Lambinet family the last owners legged to the city in 1929 to open a museum, which it did in 1932 it openned to the public.
    The museum is divided into three areas or departments, one to the history of Versailles and the French revolution, the second one on the decorated arts showing how a house of the 18C was decorated, and the last one a fine arts or beaux-arts of paintings from the renaissance to the 20C with great work by sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.

    It is five minutes on foot from castle just walk out to your left from castle and get on rue des reservoirs(bordering the walls of the castle) to boulevard de la reine right to museum on your right hand side. Or go out from chateau and get left on avenue de saint cloud, left on rue du marechal foch passing by the marche notre dame to blvd de la reine left to museum on left hand side

    It is open from 14h To 18h every day except fridays and holidays of jan 1, monday easter, may 1, may 8, Ascension day, monday of pentecoste,july 14,august 15, Nov 1 and 11, and Dec 25

    admission is 4€ but free the last Sunday of each month.

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    Grande Ecurie ,Bartabas

    by gwened Updated Mar 24, 2013

    the great horse show of Bartabas, see it at the Grandes Ecuries across street from Castle. Live there for 9+ yrs and volunteer here,so if need more info let me know, put no more info as already many done it.
    http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/discoveries/heritage-palace-city/muste-sees/academie-du-spectacle-equestre.html

    Jules Hardouin-Mansart built in 1683 as well as the petite ecuries to house about 600 horses of the king .

    on the right you enter to the museum of horse carriages or musée des carrouses.

    you have the la voie de l'écuyer, les matinales des écuyers, a visite to the stables or écuries for dates and prices check the site as they can change.

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    Interior of Peace, Petit appartement de la reine

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    The next rooms - interior of Peace, a bedchamber of the Queen, Nobiliary interior, a lobby of queen, a hall of queen's guardsmen and a royal hall.

    The petit appartement de la reine is a suite of rooms in the Palace of Versailles. These rooms, situated behind the grand appartement de la reine, and which now open onto two interior courtyards, were the private domain of the Queens of France, Maria Theresa of Spain, Marie Leszczyñska, and Marie-Antoinette as well as of the duchesse de Bourgogne as dauphine. The rooms in the petit appartement de la reine have been restored to the condition in which they were left when Marie-Antoinette left Versailles on 6 October 1789.

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    Capella - Chapel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    The Capella - chapel is a palace church. The whole greatness and the monumentalism which inherent in the end of the French monarchy is expressed in furniture of the chapel. There were weddings of princes and other solemn ceremonies were conducted there.
    There is an altar in the center. A decor on themes of Old and New Testaments decorates walls. There are decorated arches, Corinthian columns and an organ.

    The present chapel of the Palace of Versailles is the fifth in the history of the palace. These chapels evolved with the expansion of the château and formed the focal point of the daily life of the court during the Ancien Régime (Bluche, 1986, 1991; Petitfils, 1995; Solnon, 1987).

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    Gallery of Battles

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    During my first visiting Versailles for some reasons there was no access to the Museum of France history. But I did not know about this museum, therefore I was surprised very much, when three months later I appeared in Versailles once more and saw the continuation of survey - beautiful halls of Napoleon's victories.

    The Galerie des Batailles (Gallery of Battles) is a 120 metre long and 13 metre wide gallery occupying the first floor of the aile du midi of the Palace of Versailles, joining onto the grand and petit 'appartements de la reine'. It is an epigone of the Grande galerie of the Louvre and was intended to glorify French military history from the Battle of Tolbiac (traditionally dated 495) to the Battle of Wagram (5–6 July 1809).

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    Interiors of Abundance, Venus etc

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    The next rooms - interiors of Abundance, Venus, Diana, Mars, Hermes, Apollo, War.

    You can watch my 3 min 44 sec Video Versailles Palace part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Collegiale Notre Dame Part II

    by gwened Written Aug 9, 2012

    This is my quartier or neighborhood church,for 9 years that lived here. It is the most historically link to the royal history and crown of France.

    Already from the year 1662, king Louis XIV had inclinations for this city,and once in the city many buildings were built,and improvement galores; about 20 yrs later he had built a church to replace the old church of St Julien.

    Worthy of its court and king and the attached services to it, a new church was built where all the liturgical events in religious life took place, from baptisms, marriages, burial rituals and certification of the kings subjects and family took place in the choir such as Madame de Maintenon to the left of it in front of the choir's wrought iron grill.

    It must be one of the must see in Versailles, and certainly a worthy addition to the visit to the castle and the royal city of Versailles.

    Les traditions se poursuivent avec les rois Louis XV et Louis XVI. Et c'est de Notre-

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    Collegiale Notre Dame

    by gwened Updated Aug 9, 2012

    The church that started it all, the oldest, the registrar of all royals born at the chateau de Versailles;here. Yes its my district, the one, Notre Dame. A wonderful load of superb history that is better to come and see for yourself.
    Surprising is not in the list of things to do here at VT.

    It is a must in Versailles, link to the castle and another excuse to see more than the castle.
    The official church site
    http://www.notredame-versailles.org/

    I lived here for 9 years so if need more let me know.

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    Chapel of Chateau de Versailles

    by gwened Written May 27, 2012

    a masterpiece just worth seeing alone, a must to visit, gorgeous
    Started built by royal architect ules Hardouin-Mansart from 1699 to his death in 1708. It was finally done by his successor royal architect and brother in law Robert de Cotte in 1710. The quality of the decoration and the architecture contributes to make it one of the great works of religious art of all time.

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    Internal rooms

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    There are no restrictions on video shooting in Versailles, therefore I have finished shooting all internal rooms of the palace with all my pleasure.
    The internal ladder is used to rise on the second floor. The smart Royal ladder was used earlier for these purposes. It was a ladders of queen and princes.

    You can watch my 3 min 44 sec Video Versailles Palace part 2 out of my Youtube channel.

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    Weapon Square

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 10, 2012

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    The view at a palace opens from the extensive semicircular Weapon square. The palace has three court yard. The first court yard refers to as the Court yard of Ministers. In its depth there is an equestrian statue of the king-sun Lui the Fourteenth. As well as all bronze monuments the Lui has strongly become green during time. The second court yard - Royal, third court yard - Marble.

    You can watch my 1 min 48 sec Video Paris-Versailles out of my Youtube channel.

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    MUSEE LAMBINET

    by Isa&Eric Written Sep 22, 2011

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    The Lambinet museum is a small museum inside a lovely private mansion. You will see art objects of the past, an appartment arranged as it was in the XVIIIth, and documents about Versailles and the French Revolution.
    They serve tea and pastry.

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  • La Cuisine de Bertrand : cooking classes

    by bpollet01 Updated Sep 16, 2011

    While travelling abroad, I always wanted to learn about the destination's gastronomy.
    I found a place in Versailles where I had the opportunity to take a cooking class by the local. It was just great because the dishes I cooked were basic so as I was able to cook them again while back in Belgium. And it was also a very good opportunity to discuss with that family about difference between their country and mine. I recommend trying this

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    Fountains

    by TexasDave Written Dec 21, 2010

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    The one big disappointment when visiting Versailles for me was not being able to see the fountains working. Seeing them amidst stagnant water is all right, but it's amazing to see them in all their spouting splendor. Even in the height of the tourist season they are only turned on on the weekends and for limited times- oh well.
    There are 10 fountains in all scattered all over the grounds.

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