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What is Versailles
Versailles is a city on western edge of the French capital city Paris, now part of the sprawling metropolis within the Ile de France region. Versailles is best known for being the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV within what was previously a royal hunting lodge. It is also one of the most wealthy neighbourhoods near Paris.
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"The ceiling painting of "Apollo in the Chariot of the Sun accompanied by the Seasons" by Charles de la Fosse, a pupil of Le Brun's, expresses the central allegorical theme from which Louis XIV's style of the "Roi Soleil" ("Sun King") was derived."
"Versailles was the unofficial capital city of the kingdom of France from May 1682 (when King Louis XIV moved the court and government permanently to Versailles) until September 1715 (death of Louis XIV and regency, with the regent Philippe d'Orléans returning to Paris ), and then again from June 1722 (when Louis XV returned to Versailles permanently) to October 1789 (when Louis XVI was forced to move back to Paris by the people of Paris)."
"As time wore on and styles changed, Louis XIV's successors felt out of sync with this architectural inheritance."
"The splendid, enormous Ch?teau de Versailles 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 French monarchy, which was then at the height of its glory."
"This marvellous palace of Louis XIV, the sun king is one of the most beautiful sights in the world and it takes at least a day to explore the palace and the gardens around it."
"When Louis XIV died in 1715, his great-grandson Louis XV succeeded him and continued the outrageous pomp, though he is said to have predicted the outcome: "Après moi, le déluge" ("After me, the deluge")."
"Versailles -to the west of Paris, site of the famous chateau of Louis XIV."
"Louis XIV?s rationale for the joining of the two kingdoms was seen largely as recompense for Philip IV 's failure to pay his daughter Marie-Thérèse?s dowry, which was among the terms of capitulation to which Spain agreed with the promulgation of the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659, ending the war between Spain and France that had been waged since 1635)."
"On the first floor of the château, dead center across the sprawling cobbled forecourt beyond the Sun King's statue, is Louis XIV's bedchamber, but the real headliner is the sparkling Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors)."
"The paintings on the barrel-vaulted ceiling, which add up to the most monumental ceiling painting in France, tell the story of Louis XIV's reign down to the Peace of Nijmegen."
jjtravel from Finland wrote about Versailles 4 years, 9 months ago
Could this be the most fascinating castle in the whole Europe? Grandiose halls after halls. But still with somewhat intimate feeling. Outside are magnificent and pretty well kept gardens, a place to wander around and imagine living a couple of hours as a ruler of the whole nation - safely somewhere outside the garden walls.
About places near Versailles
For getting around easily, use the great Vélib community bicycle service. The daily fee is EUR 1 and using bicycles for up to 30 minutes is free after that. When using the bikes for longer, the prices increase every 30 minutes, so this is clearly intended for short-time use. Suggested use pattern: Grab a bike, drive to the next spot you want to visit, drop the bike. There shouldn't be a problem to find a station, as they are located within 300m distance from each other. Just try to avoid the stations at the main sights, chances are really bad there is a free place to return a bike at the Eiffel tower, for example. Two streets further, the situation usually looks better already.
tommyt replied 2 years, 2 months ago:
Yeah it sounds good, I'm looking into places too but as an avid follower of the rugby always ensure I based myself close to the Stade de France stadium. Speaking of which, could you possibly recommend a hotel from the lnk below?
pelicanpoker from USA wrote about Notre Dame de Paris 4 years, 10 months ago
The cathedral of Notre Dame is a very impressive sight. I was fortunate enough to walk in to Sunday Mass, which was very impressive. Also, there is a cemetary tour, which takes you into the catacombs under the Notre Dame. The catacombs tour is a must see, and it took me back to Indian Jones movie when he is looking for the grail!
jjtravel from Finland wrote about Notre Dame de Paris 4 years, 8 months ago
This majestic Gothic cathedral is a mystic must-see experience in the middle of Paris, on an island in river Seine. It's Grandes Orgues are one of the best of its kind in the whole world, so do not miss a concert every Sunday on 4:30 pm.
mxaddison from USA wrote about La Villa Hotel - Paris 5 years, 2 months ago
La Villa hotel is a small, modern hotel located on the Left Bank of Paris. It was designed by a student of Philip Stark has has a cool Jetsons-looking jazz bar downstairs. But the rooms themselves are tiny and downright sterile and gloomy feeling You don't get any of the passion of Paris. The only good thing is the hotel is located in a perfect spot at 29 Rue Jacob. Literally across the street is where Colette wrote; next door is where Ingres painted; the Seine, Louvre and Notre Dame are only two blocks away. But there are plenty of other boutique hotels in this area of Saint Germain de Pres that give you more of the Paris ambiance.
jjg from USA wrote about Arab World Institute 4 years, 10 months ago
the windows here are a marvel: each has a metal mechanism that opens the aperture to control the amount of sunlight coming through. beautiful from the outside, crazy interesting on the inside. a beautiful building. bonus: next to the seine, near a beautiful garden, and the bistro on the corner is pretty good.
jussi from Finland wrote about Palace of Versailles 4 years, 9 months ago
We made a day-trip from Paris to Versailles and it definitely was worth it. I have my doubts about the sanity of the french royals but must admit that they knew how to create a flamboyant court. Especially liked the Hall of Mirrors with the view over the gardens.
Louvre has 35,000 works of art, so it isn't that much, when I compare it for example with Hermitage Museum, where I also have been. But as everyone knows, you can see there the famous portrait of Mona Lisa. I think it was somehow a disillusion for me, because that portrait was so small and there where so many people ahead of it! But that museum as a whole was still worth seeing.
nipsu from Finland wrote about La Tour Eiffel 4 years, 5 months ago
"I expected something else" that was my first thought, when I standed beside the Eiffel Tower. That construction looked so little and somehow rusty. But when I got up, I was stumped. The city was so huge and I saw so far. It was totally different to stand in the top of the Eiffel relatively standing in the ground.
jjg from USA wrote about Hotel Angleterre Etoile 4 years, 10 months ago
this hotel was a good value, and the staff was very helpful. the first room (first floor courtyard) was very musty; i asked to change, and they accomodated me. the second room was much better. small, of course, the location was great. a wonderful high-end secondhand shop was nearby. the 16th district is beautiful.
nipsu from Finland wrote about Hard Rock Cafe 4 years, 5 months ago
I don't usually enjoy eating junk food, but in Hard Rock Cafe this junk food was an experience. Those tasty french fries and huge hamburgers were so delicious! And also that atmosphere was magnificent...but it might result from my age, because I was 16 years old and at the first time travelling alone.
HS from Finland wrote about La Tour Eiffel 4 years, 5 months ago
This Paris landmark is over 300 metres high iron tower. It´s sometihing you must see if you are in Paris. I wasn´t brave enough to go the top level, so I stayed in the first level. It was more than enough for me :) I don´t like that much of high places. Although the view from the top was much better than from the lowest level.
sofaille replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
Hi, Yes there is! the city is beautiful with all illuminations, and usually a lot of shops are even open on Sundays (up to Xmas anyway) which is not usually the case. No change to usual opening hours to my knowledge!
jussi replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
New Years Eve in Paris is great! The Eiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe are beautifully illuminated and the surroundings are packed with happy people partying. It was the best time i've had in that city. :)
leo replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
Yes, I second these answers. My best new years and christmas so far was at the turn of the millenium in Paris. Great parades at Champs Elysee and lots of people. Everything is decorated and lit up nicely. Metros can be a bit crowded though especially late in the evening.
jennifergrey wrote about Paris 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Paris, France is one of the most fascinating and romantic cities in Europe.Known as the 'City of Light', the beauty of Paris is overwhelming and its architectural and artistic heritage combine with undeniable appeal and world-class tourism to make any visit an unforgettable experience.
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