The Palace of Versailles has a colorful history that is reflected in the fascinating museum. The Palace dates back to the seventeenth century and started out as a hunting lodge. It was later occupied by the Kings of France and the royal court. In 1837 Louis-Philippe inaugurated the Palace as a museum “dedicated to the glories of France”. The Museum contains over 60,000 pieces of art with a chronological overview of the history of France from the Middle Ages up to the late 19th century.
The park of the Château de Versailles spreads over 800 hectares with the most breathtaking gardens. There are many statues in the Palace gardens that are in their original spots. In many other areas there has been effort made to restore the Palace and refurnish parts of it. Not much of the original furnishings are present due to it being stolen or lost during many of the wars in France. Even so, there is much to see and enjoy.
Photography without flash is permitted in the Palace rooms. Selfie sticks are prohibited.
Posted: March 26, 2018
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78000 Versailles, France
+33 1 30 83 78 00
Open every day except on Mondays,
December 25 and January 1
Opening times: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Last admission: 5 pm
Ticket office closes at 4.50 pm
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