If you are traveling to France this year during your holiday, you should really try to visit the Versailles palace, which is a huge estate in the city of Versailles. The big gold-colored gates, lead to the entrance of this former royal residence of King Louis XIV and his descendants. It took more than three hundred years to built this palace, and its a privilege to enjoy it today.
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The last reigning king, Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette did not have much luck in the palace. The strict etiquette and their huge retinue that consisted of 3 000 to 10 000 people, left very little privacy for the couple. Because of this, several homes were built on the premises, so they could get away from all this and enjoy some privacy. They often stayed at the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. Marie Antoinette went even a step further. She had a farming village built on the premises called ‘Hameau de la Reine’, for herself and her children, so they could experience life as a farmer.
The exorbitant lifestyle at the court of Versailles ultimately cost them their heads. In Marie Antoinette’s case, literally. Around 1789 the people revolted and began the revolution in which the family was held hostage. Later, Napoleon Bonaparte made its appearance in Grand Trianon. As ruler of France he considered this lust pavilion as his. After the French Revolution, no one dared to usurp the Palace of Versailles as it was this precious palace, which sparked the revolution, amongst other issues in France at that time. To preserve the palace, Louis-Philippe officially declared the palace to be a museum in 1837. From that moment on, the palace belonged to the people.
Today, you can partially relive its illustrious history, when you walk through the many rooms from the palace. An audio guide provides important details about many areas and you will be informed of various valuable facts. You can visit the gardens and estates separately or together.
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