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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 Soleil (Sun King) – to project the absolute power of the Fren…
Fountain in Versailles

Bassin de Neptune

The gardens' largest fountains include the 17th-century Bassin de Neptune, a dazzling mirage of 99 spouting gushers 300m north of the palace, whose straight side abuts a small pond graced by a winged dragon (Grille …
Architecture in Versailles

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, each of which is surrounded by neatly tended flowerbeds. The …
Architecture in Versailles

Hameau de la Reine

Part of the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, this mock village of thatched cottages, a pond and photogenic mill was constructed from 1775 to 1784 for the amusement of Marie Antoinette, who liked to play milkmaid here.
Architecture in Versailles

Petit Trianon

Within the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette and much smaller than the Grand Trianon, the ochre-coloured Petit Trianon, built in the 1760s, was redecorated in 1867 by Empress Eugénie, the consort of Napoleon III, who adde…
Canal in Versailles

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 with a perimeter of more than 5.5km.
Stables in Versailles

Académie du Spectacle Équestre

Versailles' Grandes Écuries (Big Stables) are the stage for the prestigious Académie du Spectacle Équestre. It presents spectacular Reprises Musicales, for which tickets sell out weeks in advance; book ahead online.…
Historic Building in Versailles

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 people’), to moderate dissent. Denied entry, the Third Estate’s r…
Gardens in Versailles

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 terraces, flowerbeds, tree-lined paths, ponds and fountains. The …
Palace in Versailles

Domaine de Marie-Antoinette

Northwest of Versailles’ main palace is the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. Admission includes the pink-colonnaded Grand Trianon, built in 1687 for Louis XIV and his family to escape the rigid etiquette of the court; t…