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  • 1 The Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    A symbol of Classical perfection, the largest palace in the world was the sumptuous reflection of an era of intensive creation, and emblem of absolute power. Just like in the times of Louis XIV, entry to the Palace, which was built by Le Vau and Jule..

  • 2 Grounds of the Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 78000 Versailles

    Starting at the terrace of the Palace of Versailles, you can explore the grounds on foot, by horse-drawn carriage, the little train or in a small boat on the Grand Canal. The Axe du Soleil, with its water parterre, fountains, statues, the Bassin de L..

  • 3 Palace of Versailles - park-side façade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    The central pavilion of the Château of Versailles, jutting out from the wings, avoids monotony by the addition of intermittent rows of sculpted columns which break the rigid horizontal lines. The Italian-style flat roof is concealed by a balustrade b..

  • 4 Grand Trianon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    This delicate château made mainly of pink marble, was built by Mansart, and was reserved for the royal family. It is decorated in a sober manner, furnished with Empire, Restoration or Louis-Philippe style furniture. The flower gardens are full of cha..

  • 5 Marble court Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    Paved in black and white marble, this courtyard has been raised to its original level. It is surrounded by Louis XIII's château, the façades of which were altered and enriched by Le Vau and Hardouin-Mansart, who added balustrades, busts, statues and ..

  • 6 Royal Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    Begun in 1768, the opera house was inaugurated in 1770 for the wedding celebrations of the Dauphin, the future Louis XVI to Marie-Antoinette. It was the first oval-shaped hall, in France and one of the first examples of the so-called Louis XVI style ..

  • 7 Place d'Armes in Versailles Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 78000 Versailles

    Completed in 1683 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the former royal stables form an arc closing off the grandiose esplanade opposite the château and demarcating the base of the triangle formed by Avenue de St Cloud, Avenue de Paris and Avenue de Sceaux. Th..

  • 8 Petit Trianon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc du Château-de-Versailles F - 78000 Versailles

    Louis XV was a great lover of botany, thus the reason for this park and château remodelled by Marie-Antoinette. From a formal garden perspective, the château, built by Gabriel is a Louis XVI style work of art. However, what makes the Petit Trianon fa..

  • 9 Neptune basin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Parc du château de Versailles F - 78000 Versailles

    Extravagantly proportioned, by the Classical standards of Versailles, this basin extends northwards beyond the rectangle formed by the gardens. Designed by Le Nôtre, and the largest basin in Versailles, it acquired its present appearance in 1741 unde..

  • 10 Grand canal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Parc du Château de Versailles F - 78000 Versailles

    Created in 1670, the Grand Canal is shaped like a large cross. The longer arm is 1 670m long and 62m wide, while the shorter one is 1 070m long. A few years ago, the 1 872 trees surrounding the canal were cut back to 15m to reveal the original vista...

  • 11 Hameau de la Reine Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Parc de Versailles F - 78000 Versailles

    The "Queen's Hamlet" consists of a dozen thatched and plain-tiled cottages that overlook the Grand Lac. A watermill also graces the site, complete with its vane wheel. The Queen's Cottage in the centre has a spiral staircase. On the outskir..

  • 12 Versailles Municipal Museum - Hôtel Lambinet Interesting

    Museums and art

    54 bd de la Reine F - 78000 Versailles

    All the atmosphere of an 18C residence captured on the first floor of this mansion where art and history come together: numerous furnishings stamped by the creators reveal the refinement of this time. On the ground floor, works of art dating from the..

  • 13 Notre-Dame Church of Versailles Interesting

    Religious buildings

    35 r. de la Paroisse F - 78000 Versailles

    This church was built in 1686 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. It receives sunlight through a dome-lantern. A Doric order reigns inside this church which offers visitors the chance to judge, sculptured medallions representing figures from the New Testament..

  • 14 The King's Vegetable Garden, Versailles Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    10 r. du Mar.-Joffre F - 78000 Versailles

    Designed by La Quintinie over 9 ha of marshy grounds, these 29 gardens provided the king and his court with fruit (figs, melons, asparagus, etc.) and vegetables. It has survived up to date and its produce is now offered to the general public.

  • 15 St-Louis' Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    4 pl. St-Louis F - 78000 Versailles

    Although this 1754 church is rather cold, it is a beautiful example of the classic style. It was built to serve the "old Versailles" and the Parc aux Cerfs.

  • 16 The Royal Stables of Versailles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Royale F - 78000 Versailles

    These stables built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart are two symmetrical buildings, the names of which - "big" and "small" - refer to their usage. The Petite Écurie ( small stable) was used for the carriages, team horses and the equipage..

  • 17 Notre Dame Quarter, Versailles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 78000 Versailles

    Its name comes from the church of Notre-Dame and is centred on Paroisse Steet and the Market Square, made up of four right angled buildings which match the names of the squares, Flour, Herbs, Seafood and Meat. Behind this wholesale food market, the b..

  • 18 Eau des Suisses Square

    Nature and gardens

    rte de St-Cyr F - 78000 Versailles

    Beyond St-Cyr Road, the view extends from the Orangerie up to the foot of the Satory slopes. In the background, an equestrian statue of Louis XIV, who rejected the one by Bermin. Too bad for him!

  • 19 The Squares of St. Louis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Royale F - 78000 Versailles

    In 1755, boutiques topped by mansard roofs were aligned around these four small town squares (Puits, Avoine, Fontaine and Terre).

  • 20 American Independence Road

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 78000 Versailles

    At n° 5 of this street which used to be the ministries and services road, we find the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Navy. It was here, in 1762, that the alliance between France and the American "insurgents" took place. Today, it i..

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