Palace of Versailles

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Palace and Park of Versailles *
Versailles: Louis Le Vau opened up the interior court to create the expansive entrance cour d'honneur, later copied all over Europe.
Country  France
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, vi
Reference 83
Region ** Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)

The Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal castle in Versailles, France.

In English one often speaks of the Palace of Versailles. When the castle was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris. 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 centre of power in Ancien Régime France. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy.

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Further reading[change | change source]

  • Thompson, Ian. The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre And the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006 (hardcover, ISBN 1-58234-631-3).

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