Versailles Palace

28 May, 2009

Historic Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace is a chateau in Versailles, France. Versailles is a suburb of Paris. The palace was known as the political power center of France beginning in 1682 when Louis XIV took up residence there. The royal family remained here until 1789 when they were forced to leave and return to Paris.

Versailles itself has a long and rich history. It is first mention in a document that dates back to 1038. Louis XIII liked the area so much that he began construction on a hunting lodge in the 1620’s. Originally just a small château, it was enlarged in the 1630’s Louis XIV took up residence in Versailles Palace to exercise complete control over the French government. He spent several decades enlarging it until it was consider one of the biggest in the world. During the French Revolution, the royal family was forced to leave the palace. On June 21, 1791, Louis XVI was arrested and the constitutional assemble ordered the palace sealed. The palace was used off and on after this, but never again regained its position as the seat of power.

Today, Versailles Palace has undergone vast conservation and preservation projects. It is considered by many travel guides to be the most popular attraction for people who travel to France. It does, however, still serve several political functions. Heads of foreign states are met there and the national assemble meets in Versailles when they are amending the constitution.

The palace may be most famous for being the place where the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, was created, debated and signed. It is full of art, period pieces and statuary. The Versailles Palace is still considered to be one of the world’s largest palaces and is a beautiful pleasure to travel to and visit.

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

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