Tamiko Goes To Paris | Trip To Versailles Vol. 4

A trip to the Palace of Versailles {Château de Versailles}, was a must in Paris. From the seat of power to a museum of the history of France.

SHORT HISTORY OF CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES

Louis Le Vau {1612-1670} was the first architect to carry out major work on Versailles under King Louis XIII's son, King Louis XIV.  He was responsible for the King and Queen's State Apartments on two separate wings on the palace.  On the courtyard side the palace followed the French aesthetic of slate roofs, but for the new construction Le Vau preferred to use Italian-style roofs hidden behind a balustrade decorated with trophies and pots-à-feu. This style was copied and repeated on the wings by his successor Jules Hardouin-Mansart {1646-1708}.

Today the Palace contains 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2 {square meter}.

PALACE OF VERSAILLES | PHOTO BY CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES 
KING LOUIS XIV {SON OF KING LOUIS XIII} | PHOTO BY CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
MARIE ANTOINETTE {WIFE OF KING LOUIS XIV} | PHOTO BY CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
KING LOUIS XIV PRIMARY SUITE 
MARIE ANTOINETTE PRIMARY SUITE 

The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the Palace, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The design work started in 1678 and was completed in 1684.

THE HALL OF MIRRORS | PHOTO BY CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
THE HALL OF MIRRORS

In 1661 King Louis XIV entrusted André Le Nôtre with the creation and renovation of the gardens of Versailles, which he considered just as important as the Palace.

THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES 

THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES | PHOTO BY CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
 JUST MOI TAKING IT ALL IN!

What a trip to remember!  If you have not experienced The Palace of Versailles, please add this to your itinerary during your next visit to Paris.

Au Revoir for now. Stay tuned for Vol. 5!

#letswandertogether #inparis

AWH xoxo


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