Château de Versailles - more commonly known as simply Versailles - was originally little more than a seignury with a hunting lodge that was eventually transformed by Le Roi Soleil Louis XIV into one of the biggest palaces in the world. It became the center of the French court and government from May 1682, when the Sun King moved the seat of power from Paris in order keep his potential enemies closer, until October 1789 when Marie-Antoinette et sa famille were forced by the French people to return to Paris and to their ultimate fates.
Versailles itself is a charming suburb 20 km southwest of Paris, and to get to Château Versailles one can take a 30-minute train ride from Paris, with a further 800 km walk to the Palace proper.
King Louis XIV, namesake of tacky faux-French furniture,
intruders visitors at the Place d'Armes forecourt.
"To all the glories of France."
Royal receptionist #1
Royal receptionist #2
The Royal Stables. Since the horses had better accommodations
than the peasants, the revolution was all but assured.
The Golden Gates.
Barbarians at the gate.
Rooftop statues look down upon the
Statues avert their gaze from the madding crowd below.
The sun emblem in the middle of a clock - clever play on a sundial.
"Madame! Madame! The peasants are revolting!"