Versailles in Pictures

Day 5 (August 19) was well spent in Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime (from Wikipedia).

Tour starts from the big garden, then followed by the castle interior. After looking around the interior, the tour continues to the gardens again and to the Grand Trianon. The Grand Trianon was built in the northwestern part of the Domain of Versailles at the request ofLouis XIV, as a retreat for the King and his maîtresse en titre of the time, the marquise de Montespan, and as a place where the King and invited guests could take light meals (collations) away from the strict étiquette of the Court. The Grand Trianon is set within its own park, which includes the Petit Trianon (the much smaller château built between 1762 and 1768 during the reign of Louis XV) (from Wikipedia).

Lastly, I went to Louvre since last time the museum was closed when I arrived there.

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