Last time I reviewed the beautiful La Secour cathedral. This post will be about the Palace of Versailles,the famous French palace and garden of King Louis the 8th, which is now a museum open to the public. Entry price varies according to the package you want (with or without access to the gardens, plus other exhibits). This can get very crowded during peak season, and there are LOTS of visitors here. There are gift shops inside, selling things from pens and post cards, to books on the palace. Audio guides are available. Visitors can see the private chambers of the king and queen, the Hall of Mirrors, the fantastic and beautiful paintings and walk around in the large garden. Coaches bring lots of tourists here, but you can easily walk here from the closest metro station (which I have since forgotten the name of).
Recommendation: I highly recommend this place, as it is full of real history, beautiful architecture and a great change from commercialised city attractions. However, the palace is quite large and there are many tourists, so either come early in the day as soon as it opens or get a multi-day pass. This place is really worth your time (there’s only so much you can do at the Eiffel Tower).
Lines of tourists waiting outside to get in:
And more inside:
But as you can see, is worth the wait:
Beautiful gold gate with stone wall:
The palace inside the gates:
Detail of the roof, walls and balconies
Inside the palace.
Some places are off limits to visitors, like this place:
And this place:
A miniature model of the entire estate and garden
Ornate rooms inside the palace and beautiful murals
Hall of Mirrors
I admire the detail in the architecture, the interior decorations and the beautiful, beautiful paintings by the skilled artists. How hard is it to paint realistic paintings on a flat surface, let alone a curved roof like that! The gold decorations and the crystal chandeliers are a beautiful match and the entire rooms shines when the curtains let in natural light.
Visit their official website in English here.
To see more of what I did in France, click here.
Next week: The Louvre.
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