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Royally Fascinating Facts And History About the Palace of Versailles

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

The Palace of Versailles is the 10th most visited place among UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is actually a large complex. It contains many palaces and mansions.

The city of Versailles was the hunting ground of the royal family. Prince of that period XIII. Louis and his father used to hunt here. It was founded in 1623 as the Palace of Versailles, where the present palace is located. Louis XIII, the father of the Sun King (Louis XIV), is actually the person who carried the royal crown to Versailles. In this wet and wooded area, the young king was hunting with his father, Henri IV. Later, suffering from agoraphobia, a disease that could be defined as a fear of crowded spaces, Louis XIII began to prefer to spend his time in Versailles. It was the principal royal residence of France from the rule of Louis XVI until the beginning of the French Revolution.

Royally Fascinating Facts And History About the Palace of Versailles

XIV. With the accession of Louis to the throne, the Palace of Versailles gained the appearance of a real palace. The palace reflects France's most glorious period. The gardens as well as the interior of the palace are worth seeing.

Inside The Palace

There are many important parts to the building. The Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) is among the parts of the palace that can be visited without a guide. There are 17 windows and 357 mirrors placed opposite the windows in the living room. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the First World War, was signed in this hall.

Royally Fascinating Facts And History About the Palace of Versailles

While the palace was being built, the toilet and bathroom were deemed unnecessary and those sections were not built. In the king's and nobles' chambers, there were chairs with open centers like a toilet. The non-nobles had no such thing, and the doors of the palace rooms were made of silver to prevent the spread of the smell. After the 1789 French Revolution, 9 toilets were built in the palace.

Salon De Venus is the magnificent marble hall of the palace. There is a statue of Louis the 14th in the middle of the hall. The Queen Bedroom is one of the other important rooms with its white and gold wooden furniture. Hall D'Apollon, XIV. Louis has the throne room and many more rooms.

There are also two places called the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon. The Grand Trianon was then a good spot to escape the endless activity of the courtyard. Special people were invited here.

Petit Trianon, XIV. It was made at the request of Madame de Pompadour, a favorite of Louis. Later XIV. Louis gifted it to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Marie gave special invitations and organized evenings here.

Royally Fascinating Facts And History About the Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles Gardens

Gardens with geometric shapes are among the most striking parts of the palace. Parallel paths between trees, pruned greens in the same direction. When you walk among the trees, you can see the fountains decorated with statues and flower boards. Geometrically shaped lawns have been cut in the same way for centuries.

Royally Fascinating Facts And History About the Palace of Versailles

Post-Revolution Palace

The French Revolution caused 7000 hectares of the park to be cut down and the palace was abandoned for a long time. Napoleon Bonaparte reserved the Grand Trianon for himself here. It was converted into a reception hall during the reign of Napoleon III.

Uncertain Facts About Versailles

  • In the palace, no one could dress according to their own wishes. They had a dress code they had to follow. Non-nobles could not wear clothes like the king.

  • There were narrow corsets and thick skirts that servants had to wear. During service, the servants had to practice a lot in order not to fall over, as they were constantly bowing in front of someone in the palace.

  • If you were lucky, you could accompany the king when it was time to go to bed or wake up and had the honor of removing his clothes.