Must see attractions in Versailles

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    Château de Versailles

    Amid magnificently landscaped formal gardens, this splendid and enormous palace was built in the mid-17th century during the reign of Louis XIV – the Roi…

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    Château de Versailles Gardens & Park

    The section of the vast gardens nearest the palace, laid out between 1661 and 1700 in the formal French style, is famed for its geometrically aligned…

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    Domaine de Trianon

    Northwest of Versailles’ main palace is the Domaine de Trianon. Admission includes the pink-colonnaded Grand Trianon, built in 1687 for Louis XIV and his…

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    Grand Trianon

    In the middle of the park, approximately 1.5km northwest of the main building within the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette are Versailles' two smaller palaces,…

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    Petit Trianon

    Within the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, the ochre-coloured Petit Trianon, built in the 1760s, was redecorated in 1867 by Empress Eugénie, the consort of…

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    Hameau de la Reine

    Part of the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, this mock village of thatched cottages, a pond and a photogenic mill was constructed from 1775 to 1784 for the…

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    Versailles Stables

    The Grandes Écuries are the stage for the prestigious Académie du Spectacle Équestre. It presents spectacular Reprises Musicales equestrian shows, for…

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    Salle du Jeu de Paume

    In May 1789 Louis XVI convened the États-Généraux, made up of more than 1118 deputies representing the nobility, clergy and the Third Estate (‘common…

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    Académie du Spectacle Équestre

    Versailles' Grandes Écuries (Greater Stables) are the stage for the prestigious Académie du Spectacle Équestre. It presents spectacular Reprises Musicales…

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    Bassin de Neptune

    The gardens' largest fountains include the 17th-century Bassin de Neptune, a dazzling mirage of 99 gushers 300m north of the palace, whose straight side…

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    Grand Canal

    Oriented to reflect the sunset, the Grand Canal, 1.6km long and 62m wide, is traversed by the 1km-long Petit Canal, creating a cross-shaped body of water…

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    Bassin d’Apollon

    At the eastern end of the Grand Canal, the Bassin d'Apollon was built in 1688. Emerging from the water in the centre is Apollo's chariot, pulled by…

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    On the southwestern side of the palace, the Orangerie, built under the Parterre du Midi (Southern Flowerbed), shelters tropical plants in winter.

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    Grandes Écuries

    The Grandes Écuries (Great Stables) house the Académie du Spectacle Équestre.

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    Petites Écuries

    Versailles' School of Architecture and restoration workshops fill the Petites Écuries (Little Stables).

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    Louis XIV Statue

    This soaring statue of Louis XIV guards the gates to the Château de Versailles.

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    Entrance A

    Main entrance of Château de Versailles.