Palace of Versailles

The Versailles also known as Chateau de Versailles is situated 16km west of Paris in France. Versailles is a royal chateau. In French, the Versailles is also known as Chateau de Versailles.

History and Construction:

  • At first the Versailles was built as a hunting lodge by the King Louis XIII who is also known as Sun King.
  • The Versailles was expanded later and in the year 1682 it became the official residence of the Kings of France.
  • The terrace of the Versailles was converted into the Hall of Mirrors in the year 1678 which symbolizes the power of the Sun King.
  • Three French kings who lived in the Versailles Improved the construction to make it more beautiful.

Information

Country France
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, vi
Reference 83
Region Europe
Palace of Versailles Inscription History
Inscription 1979  (3rd Session)

 

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles Features

  • The Versailles is one of the largest castles, and contains more than 700 rooms, 2000 windows, 1250 fireplace, 67 staircases and 1800 acres of park.
  • One of the masterpieces of the Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors which forms the biggest room of the Versailles.
  • Another main feature of the Versailles is the Grand Apartments of the King and the Queen. It lies in the main floor of the Versailles.
  • The King’s private Apartment is another feature of the Versailles. This room is used for private use of the King.
  • Versailles had five chapels of which the current chapel which was built by Louis XIV symbolizes French Baroque architecture and ecclesiastical decoration.
  • The Versailles also consists of an Opera.
  • The Museum of History of France forms another attraction of the Versailles. It consists of paintings, drawn and engraved images which illustrates the history of France.
  • Versailles was known as a symbol of civilization and pleasure.

The Chateau Versailles as an architectural masterpiece is visited by more than eight million visitors in a year.

Statistical Information on the Palace of Versailles

Floor space 67,000 m2
Number of windows 2,153
Number of rooms 700
Staircases 67
Paintings in the museum’s collection 6,123
Drawings in museum’s collection 1,500
Engravings in museum’s collection 15,034
Sculptures in museum’s collection 2,102
Pieces of furniture and objets d’art 5,210

Palace of Versailles Opening Times

High Season (From 1 April to 31 October)
Palace
  • Every day except Mondays
  • 9 am – 6.30 last admission: 6 pm
Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate
  • Every day except Mondays
  • 12 pm – 6.30 pm last admission: 6 pm – Ticket office closes at 5.50 pm
Garden
  • Open every day
  • 8 am – 8:30 pm
Park
  • Open every day
  • 7 am – 7 pm for vehicles, 8.30 pm for pedestrians
Low Season From (1 November to 31 March)
Palace
  • Every day except Mondays
  • 9 am – 5.30 pm last admission: 5.pm
Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate
  • Every day except Mondays, last admission: 5 pm
  • Ticket office closes at 4.50 pm
  • 12 pm – 5.30 pm
Garden and Park
  • Every day except Mondays
  • 8 am – 6 pm