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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles (Place d’Armes, Versailles)(RER Versalles-Rive-Gauche) – this is a royal château located in a suburb 20 km. southwest of Paris. By the 17th century, Versailles became one of the largest palaces in the world. This was the seat of political power in France from 1682 to 1789 (when the French Revolution began). During Napoleon’s reign, the Versailles’ apartments were used by his wife (Empress Marie-Louis), and the entire palace became a museum under orders of King Louis Philippe.

Although the mere grandeur of this palace makes it a major tourist attraction in the Paris area nowadays, the palace still serves political functions. French heads of state are regaled in the Hall of Mirrors; and the Sénat and the Assemblée Nationale meet in congress in Versailles to revise or otherwise amend the French Constitution.

Admission: €18.00 Check the Versailles’ website for differing closing times, and special tours (with their pricing): www.chateauversailles.fr