For most visitors, who went to the Palace of Versailles, the most common to feeling after the visit was that they were overwhelmed by the extravagance and the opulence of the palace. Apart from the Hall of Mirrors, most people could remember very little of individual rooms. I hope this slideshow would allow you to revisit the palace once again and make a little sense of what you saw.
The Palace of Versailles is the most well known example of European Palace. The palace is also a statement of the wealth and power of an absolute monarch. Since then the design of the palace had been copied all over the world.
It was constructed during the reign of Louis XIV, when the power of the absolute French monarch was at its zenith. Louis XIV saw the palace as a setting to propagate his own personality cult. It was here at Versailles, Louis XIV daily theatrical rituals were on show to nobility – routines like the king rises, the king retirement at night, even the queen giving birth to the royal babies are opened to the public eyes.
Today, the French is keen to shake off this symbol of absolute monarchy but to portrait the palace as achievements of French culture, of French taste and as a place where great international diplomacy is conducted. It was here the Treaty of Versailles was sign, putting an end to the First World War.
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