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Palace of Versailles

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Palace of Versailles
Château de Versailles
Vue aérienne du domaine de Versailles par ToucanWings - Creative Commons By Sa 3.0 - 073.jpg
Aerial view in 2013 from above the Gardens of Versailles
Palace of Versailles is located in Île-de-France (region)
Palace of Versailles
Location within Île-de-France
Palace of Versailles is located in France
Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles (France)
General information
LocationVersailles, France
Coordinates48°48′16″N 2°07′23″E / 48.804404°N 2.123162°E / 48.804404; 2.123162Coordinates: 48°48′16″N 2°07′23″E / 48.804404°N 2.123162°E / 48.804404; 2.123162
Technical details
Floor area67,000 m² (721,182 ft²)
Official site of the Château de Versailles
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official namePalace and Park of Versailles
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, vi
Inscription1979 (3rd Session)
Area1,070 ha
Buffer zone9,467 ha

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 and lived in this palace, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in the Ancien Régime. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol 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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