понеделник, 30 януари 2012 г.

The Royal Chateau de Versailles - Palace of Versailles, France - facts and photos

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, is located in the Ile-de-France region of France. Nowadays Versailles is a suburb of Paris, 20 km from the city. So, if you're in the area, you can visit the place. Don't miss it. Palace of Versailles have to be seen.

Chateau de Versailles, France
Gardens of Versailles, France
Garden view, Palace of Versailles, France

Originally, there was built a hunting lodge for Louis XIII in 1624. He was pleased with the nature and location. Back then Versailles was a county village which started to develop thanks to its location on the road from Paris to Normandy. The successor of Louis XIII - Louis XIV ordered renovation and expansion of the chateau. And....later, in 1682 the court was officially moved there. It became the centre of political power. But, the Royal family had to return to Paris after the beginning of the French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles became a symbol of the Absolute Monarchie. 

Fountain, Gardens of Versailles, France
Gardens of Versailles, France
Fountain of Neptune, Palace of Versailles, France
Bronze Sculpture of La Seine, Chateau de Versailles, France

There were four building campaigns. The all four corresponded to Louis XIV's wars. During the first building campaigh were made some modifications to the chateau and the gardens so they can accomodate 600 guests. The second made the palace look a lot like it is today. Then were built the Appartment of the roi and the Apartment of the queen. In the thitd campaign in addition to the Hall of Mirrors were designed the Orangerie and the north and south wings. The Gardens were also further developed. The fourth campaign was mostly about the Royal chapel and some improvements of the Apartment of the king. With this all constructions stopped. No more actions were taken of the Sun King / Louis the Great/.
Thirty years later Louis XIV made some changes, but they were far more unsignificant in comparison to these made of the Sun King.

Chateau de Versailles, France
Fountain, Gardens of Versailles, France
Hall of mirrors, Palace of Versailles, France
Ceiling, Palace of Versailles, France
Palace of Versailles, inside, suite, France
Palace of Versailles, inside, France

Main features of Palace of Versailles:

- Grand apartments - Apartment of the King, Apartment of the Queen
  Apartment of the King:
  • Salon de Diane 
  • Salon de Mars 
  • Salon de Mercure 
  • Salon d’Apollon 
  • Salon de Jupiter 
  • Salon de Saturne 
  • Salon de Vénus
   Apartment of the Queen:
  • Chapel 
  • Salle de gardes 
  • Antichambre
  • Chambre 
  • Grand cabinet 
  • Oratory 
  • Petit cabinet

- Small apartments - Apartment of the King, Apatrment of the Queen

- Hall of Mirrors

- Chapels of Versailles

- The Opera

- Museum of the History of France

- Gardens of Versailles
The Gardens of Versailles, France

Chateau de Versailles, France
Versaille - looking from the Latone Fountain out to the Grand Canal, France

Le Hameau de la Reine, Petit Trianon, Versailles, France

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