Project Description

The Palace of Versailles is a castle and a French historical monument located north-west of the territory of the commune of Versailles on the Place d’Armes, 16 kilometers southwest of Paris. It was the residence of the kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The King and his court lived there permanently from May 6, 1682 to October 6, 1789, with the exception of the years from 1715 to 1723. By « Palace of Versailles », we mean both the palace building and its immediate surroundings and the whole area of Versailles, while including – among others – Trianons, the Grand Canal and the park of Versailles. This area were to glorify the French monarchy.

The castle consists of a sequence of elements of architectural harmony. It is spread over 6.32 ha, divided into 2’300 rooms, which currently 1’000 museum rooms.

The park of Versailles covers 815 ha, against about 8’000 ha before the French Revolution, with 93 acres of gardens. It includes many features, including the Petit and Grand Trianon (which was also residence of Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis-Philippe I, and Napoleon III), the hamlet of the Queen, the Grand and Petit Canal, a menagerie (now destroyed), an orangery and the Swiss lake room.

TICKETS

The Passport

To discover the Versailles Estate in all its glory, the Passport gives you admission to all the Palace tours : grounds, Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. Musical Fountain Show, Musical Gardens (from april to october) and exhibitions are also included.

The Palace

The Palace’s most famous places: the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments of the King and of the Queen, King’s Bedchamber, etc. The exhibitions are included in the price of the ticket.

The ticket for the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

Grand Trianon and gardens of the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Queen’s hamlet, French and Anglo-Chinese gardens, French pavilion, temple of Love, etc.

ENTRANCE FEES

The Passport / The Passport 2 days

18 € / 25 €

The Palace

15 €

The ticket for the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

10 €

Guided tours

Guided by a lecturer, you will discover the private apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Royal Opera or the Royal Chapel. These places are open only to accompanied groups. 7€ with the entrance ticket

PALACE

The Palace of Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.

With about 60,000 pieces, the collections of Versailles cover very wide areas. This set reflects the dual role of the Palace: once inhabited by the rulers and their entourage and dedicated « to all the glories of France » inaugurated by Louis-Philippe in 1837.

GARDENS

From the central window of the Hall of mirrors the visitor look down on the grand perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterre to the horizon. This original perspective, which preceded the reign of Louis XIV, was developed and prolonged by the gardener André Le Nôtre by widening the Royal Path and digging the Grand Canal. This vast perspective stretches from the façade of the Palace of Versailles to the railings of the park.

REVIEW

Who says Paris says French monarch and who says French monarch says… Versailles and its castle ! You said Fontainebleau ? Not quite wrong, but I did not have enough time to visit this one. It is essential to obtain a cut-the-line ticket, as the area is overrun with tourists. The Palace of Versailles is beautiful! All the rooms which compose it have a little something that makes them magical, such as the Hall of Mirrors which is simply breathtaking. Regarding the park, it’s an heaven of peace which give you an invitation to enjoy it on foot. Take a bus from Paris to get there and then rent an audio guide in order to visit the palace at your leisure. The gallery below shows you a short overview of the area, but feel free to visit the official Versailles Palace website before your visit to learn more about it!