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The Château de Versailles is a royal château in Versailles, France. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris.
Versailles Palace: © MDLF/Hervé Le Gac
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From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the center of power in Ancien Regime France.
Château de Versailles was the work of Louis Le Vau, J. H. Mansart, and Charles Le Brun. The park and gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre and many other artists decorated them with fountains, reservoirs, and sculptures. The park contains two smaller palaces, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, as well as numerous temples, grottoes, and other decorative structures.
Versailles is today one of the greatest tourist centers in France. The palace serves as a residence for visiting foreign leaders.
Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) where the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I is one of the most beautiful parts of the palace.
The Grand Apartments are the public rooms open to all in Louis XIV's day. They are the state apartments of the king and queen, and they are the most popular together with a royal chapel, being one of the France's finest Baroque creations.
The Palace is open every day except Mondays, on certain French public holidays, or when official ceremonies are held.
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