The Building of the Palace of Versailles
located 12 miles
west of Paris.
Before the Palace
The original building
was a hunting lodge
and private retreat
for Louis XIII and his
Louis XIV expanded
the hunting lodge
into the splendor it is
Plans for Versailles
Louis Le Vau was
Arch Andre Le Notre was
the landscape architect.
Charles Lebrun was the
painter and decorator.
The construction of Chateau De Versailles began in 1660. The
masterpiece of Louis XIV was not complete until 1688. Changes were
made on Chateau de Versailles until 1774. It cost an untold amount of
money to build Versailles.
The Visionary of Chateau De Versailles
Construction Type and Style
was cut stone
The style of
There was no luxury or extravagance spared in the building of Versailles. The
corners, ceilings, and walls are covered with lavish carvings, marble, woodwork
and paintings. There are 2,143 windows, 1252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases.
Details of Chateau de Versailles
Rooms in Chateau de Versailles
Hall of Mirrors The Congress
There are approximately 977 acres of gardens located on the grounds of
the Chateau de Versailles.
The Chateau de Versailles Gardens
“When you arrive at Versailles, from the courtyard side you see a wretched,
top-heavy building, with a façade seven windows long, surrounded with
everything which the imagination could conceive in the way of bad taste. When
you see it from the garden side, you see an immense palace whose defects are
more than compensated by beauties” - Voltaire
Voltaire’s thoughts on Versailles
Chateau de Versailles covers an area of 6469 acres.
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