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Château de Versailles

Versailles | Fine arts - Decorative arts - History

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The Palace of Versailles is a castle and a French historical monument which is located in Versailles, near Paris, France. It was the residence of the kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The King and his court lived there permanently from May 6, 1682 to October 6, 1789, with the exception of the years 1715 to 1723 Regency.
Located southwest of Paris, the castle and grounds were designed to glorify the French monarchy.

The castle consists of a sequence of elements of architectural harmony. It is spread over 6.32 hectares, divided into 2300 rooms, with currently 1000 rooms for the museum.

The park of Versailles covers 815 ha, against approximately 8000 ha before the French Revolution, 93 acres of gardens. It includes many features, including the Petit and Grand Trianon, the Hamlet of the Queen, the Grand and Petit Canal, a menagerie (now destroyed), an orangery and the Swiss lake room.
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