About French Versailles

Versailles is a city on the southwest outskirts of Paris, known for the opulent Palace of Versailles. The palace houses the Hall of Mirrors hung with chandeliers, the gilded Grand Apartments, and the Museum of the History of France. Its ornate Royal Chapel has painted ceilings, and its vast formal gardens feature fountains and sculptures. Nearby, the Musée Lambinet houses display the history of the city.
Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. The palace is now a historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartments for the more intimate royal residences, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon located within the park the small rustic Hameau created for Marie Antoinette and the vast gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals, and geometric flower beds and groves, laid out by André le Nôtre.
Petit Trianon

Petit Trianon is a Neoclassical style château located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in Versailles. It was built between 1762 and 1768 during the reign of King Louis XV of France. The Petit Trianon was constructed in the park of a larger royal retreat known as the Grand Trianon. The Petit Trianon is a celebrated example of the transition from the Rococo style of the earlier part of the 18th century to the more sober and refined Neoclassical style of the 1760 and onward.
France Miniature

France Miniature is a miniature park tourist attraction in Elancourt featuring scale models of major French landmarks and monuments in an outdoor park. Many of the models are animated, and all of the country's best-known landmarks are represented such as Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Lourdes, etc. A system of model trains runs through the park, and animated boats ply the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a former royal palace in the commune of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Today, it houses the musée d'Archéologie nationale also known as National Museum of Archaeology. The palace is best known as the birthplace of King Louis XIV, and indeed it was the Kings of France who gave Saint-Germain its great historic monuments, its castles, its gardens, and its former royal forests.
National Archaeological Museum

Musée d'Archéologie nationale is a major French archeology museum, covering pre-historic times to the Merovingian period. The château had been one of the most important French royal residences in the Paris region since the 12th century. The museum houses about 3 million archaeological objects of which about 30,000 are exhibited, making it one of the richest collections in Europe. These finds, discovered on the French territory, are presented by chronological periods such as Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman period, and the first Middle Ages.
Galerie des Carrosses

Galerie des Carrosses showcases one of the largest collections in Europe of royal and imperial coaches. Majestic coaches or small carriages of Marie-Antoinette's children, sedan chairs or sleighs forming a strange and wonderful bestiary: the discovery of these works constitutes an exceptional testimony of court life and splendor under the Ancien Régime, the Empire and the Restoration.

Osmothèque is the world's largest scent archive, a leading international research institution tracing the history of perfumery. The Osmothèque is internationally responsible for the authentication, registration, preservation, documentation, and reproduction of thousands of perfumes gathered from the past two millennia, archived at the Osmothèque repository and consultable by the public. Exclusive to the collection are countless rare masterpieces elsewhere discontinued or reformulated.
Grand Trianon

Grand Trianon is a French Baroque style château in Versailles. It was built at the request of King Louis XIV of France as a retreat for himself and his maîtresse-en-titre of the time, the Marquise de Montespan, and as a place where he and invited guests could take light meals away from the strict étiquette of the royal court.
Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors is a grand Baroque style gallery and one of the most emblematic rooms in the Royal Palace of Versailles. The grandiose ensemble of the Hall and its adjoining salons was intended to illustrate the power of the absolutist monarch Louis XIV. The Hall of Mirrors has been the scene of events of great historic significance, including the Proclamation of the German Empire and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Chapels of Versailles

The present chapel of the Palace of Versailles is the fifth in the history of the palace. These chapels evolved with the expansion of the château and formed the focal point of the daily life of the court during the Ancien Régime. The Chapel is a treasure of sacred architecture and an impressive showpiece of the Arts of that time.
Best Time To Visit Versailles

The best time to visit Versailles is from April to June and from October to November.

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