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Versailles Palace and Park FranceFast Facts
- Location: 14 miles west of Paris.
- Best time to Visit: Throughout the year.
- Preferred Timing: 1st Apr to 31st Oct — 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
1st Nov to 31st Mar — 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Entry fees: From 1st Apr to 31st Oct - â‚¬ 20 on week days, and â‚¬ 25 on weekends, free for under 18 years of age and certain special categories of visitors
From 1st Nov to 31st Mar - â‚¬ 16 on all days; free for under 18 years of age and certain special categories of visitors
Last ticket issued at 3:00 pm
- How to Reach:By train on RER ligne C from Montparnaase Station in Paris or Train SNCF from Saint Lazare Station in Paris; alternatively by bus from Pont de Sevres ligne 171, or by car along roadway A13
- Nearest International Airport: Roissy International Airport, Orly International airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Versailles
- Time required for sightseeing: 3 hours
Versailles Palace and Park France has a footfall of nearly 6 million visitors in one year. Established in 1624 by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge, it was expanded by Louis XIV from 1669 for his amorous escapades with Louise de la Valliere. For their amusement the king built the Versailles Park around the Palace. At least one full day will be spent on appreciating Palace of Versailles designed by master architect Jules Hardouin Mansart. Galarie de Glaces, or Hall of Mirrors, overlooking the Versailles Palace Gardens will amaze you.
Louis XIV constructed the Trianon towards the end of the 17th century to stay with his family away from the protocol of the palace. The Trianon was more a whim rather than a necessity. The Porcelain Trianon decorated with white and blue Chinese type porcelain tiles is a splendor. Surrounded by orange trees, jasmine and floral flowerbeds this pavilion was designed by Louis Le Vau. Another building that would amaze you is the 'Marble Palace' designed by Hardouin-Mansart and built under the careful instructions of Louis XIV.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=G93EhIGlVS0: The first part of a virtual tour to the Versailles Palace and Park in France. To view the breathtaking architecture and the fabulous fountains of the palace, watch this video!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=VhIsvGGk_hQ: For a walk around the palace of Marie Antoinette, one of the most intriguing personalities of European history, watch this video!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=mI1OtidNxGg: This video has excellent views of the opulent interior of the Versailles Palace. Click and enjoy!