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Palace of Versailles

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Palace of Versailles
Versailles: Louis Le Vau opened up the interior court to create the expansive entrance cour d'honneur, later copied all over Europe.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Palace and Park of Versailles
Location Versailles domain, Versailles, France Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 48°48′16″N 2°07′23″E / 48.804404°N 2.123162°E / 48.804404; 2.123162
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, vi
Reference 83
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)
Palace of Versailles is located in France
Palace of Versailles
Location of Palace of Versailles

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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