Versailles Things to Do

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  • 1. The Palace of Versailles

    We visited Versailles in 2004 and it was quite memorable! I loved walking around the enormous grounds. It was just beautiful. The palace, itself, was massive. Unfortunately, sparsely furnished, but...

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  • 2. The Hall of Mirrors - La Galerie des Glaces

    Behind the Hall of Mirrors, symbol of the power of the King stands the remarkable project manager Charles le Brun (1619-1690). A French tourism official said that tourists are coming to France to see...

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  • 3. Gardens

    After visiting the interior of the Palace, you exit into the gardens of Versailles. The gardens were designed between 1661 and 1700 under the reign of Louis XIV and covers 90 hectares, the garden and...

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  • 4. Grand Trianon Castle

    I always liked malachite (hydrated copper carbonate if my mineralogy souvenirs are right), it is thus with great pleasure that I discovered this “Salon des Malachites” in the right wing (room n° 13)...

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  • 5. Basins, Fountains and Statues

    For the large formal gardens behind his palace at Versailles, King Louis XIV commissioned dozens of white marble statues showing healthy young women with good posture, most of them dressed in nothing...

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  • 6. Grands Appartements du Roi et de la Reine

    Another highlight of any trip here is to walk by the salons or rooms of the kings, queens, princes, family of the royal family. All wonderful preserve and just beautiful. The anti room of the great...

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  • 7. Petit Trianon castle

    The comparison between the relatively modest room of the queen at the Petit Trianon and the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles is striking. The small dimensions of the bed of the queen in...

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  • 8. Hameau de la reine

    I have a much detail explanation on my first tip here in things to do http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21cf47/ But I do plenty of more photos on it like to share now. I lived here for 10...

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  • 9. Royal Chapel

    a masterpiece just worth seeing alone, a must to visit, gorgeous Started built by royal architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1699 to his death in 1708. It was finally done by his successor royal...

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  • 10. market of Notre Dame

    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...

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  • 11. Apollo Fountain

    The fountain sits in a basin between the Tapis Vert and the Grand Canal. It symbolizes the Sun King (Louis XIV) by using the Sun God (Apollo) as the center of everything. Apollo is emerging from the...

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  • 12. Orangerie

    The Orangerie is a large underground chamber built so that it holds up the Southern Parterre (du Midi) above it. (Maybe this is the precursor to todays parking garages under plazas?). It was built in...

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  • 13. Galeries de l'Histoire de France

    This is the work of king Louis Philippe giving the biggest space of military galleries in France on the south wing on two floors. 33 paintings depicting the greatest battles of France from Tolbiac in...

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  • 14. Grande Eaux Musicales

    In the past Versailles has turned on the beautiful fountains only on weekends during tourist season. We recently spent a month in Paris and looking for things to do, I noticed that Versailles was...

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  • 15. Saint-Louis Cathedral

    This was the Cathedral that was not, and the king wanted. Name after Saint Louis ,king Louis IX. IT was blessed on August 1754, chosen by the new powers after the French revolution and finally chosen...

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  • 16. Fountain of the Pyramid

    The fountain and the cascade and pool below it are considered as a unit. The fountain was executed by Girardon (1669-70) after a design by Lebrun. The bas relief of the Nymphs behind the dripping...

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  • 17. Restaurants

    Now, this is really something you should try when visiting. Crepes, very thin cooked pancake made from wheat flour. They can be of different kind, from sweet to salty to both of them, and you can...

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  • 18. Museum Lambert

    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...

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  • 19. Latona Fountain

    The Latona Fountain and adjacent Basins occupy most of the second level of the Grand Axis with views both East and West, if you can take your eyes off the fountain , especially when it is in full...

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  • 20. Fountain of Neptune

    The Neptune Fountain was a late completion at Versailles (1678-82) and added to (1738-41) under Louis XV.The major group of figures of Neptune and Amphitrite are the largest and all are of lead....

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  • 21. Bosquet de la Colonnade

    Hardouin-Mansart and Le Notre planned the Colonnade (down a lane to thee left as you procede along the left lwalk along the Tapis Vert). It is a concert-grove (a diversion for the court). Its form is...

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  • 22. Collegiale Notre Dame

    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...

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  • 23. Parterre

    The parterre is the last stop on Louis XIV's garden tour coming up from the Neptune Basin back to the palace. It is also readily seen from windows in the North Wing and in the Royal Apartments. Thus...

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  • 24. Grand Canal

    On two of our trips to Versailles, we went by car directly after arriving at Orly Airport (from the U.S.), en route to Chartres. We paid a minimal admission fee (we were not going in the chateau) and...

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  • 25. Bassin du Dragon

    This fountain comes into view as you reach the Water Avenue from the North Parterre. It shows cupids on the backs of swans plus dolphins fighting a dragon. We were there on a water Sunday to see it...

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Folks come for the Castle museum since 1837, but Versailles has things to do a lot more than a castle. See the residences of Montreuil where the nobles lived, including madame Elizabeth sister...

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