The Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) is without a doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful example of French 18th century art. The original site was used by King Louis XIII as a hunting lodge. Upon his death his son and heir Louis XIV started a transformation of the building and even moved the government and royal court to the newly renovated site. The Palace was continually upgraded and enlarged until the French Revolution when the royal occupants were ceremoniously beheaded!
The first part of the transformation at Versailles humble hunting lodge was begun under Louis XIII. He had built The Grand Apartments and its most emblematic accomplishment The Hall of Mirrors designed and created by Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
The second round of expansion came under King Louis XV who had added The Chapel and Opera. After the French Revolution the residence was mostly insignificant until 1830 when King Louie-Philippe ascended the throne.
This exquisite exhibition is divided into sections and viewing is done by private guided tour conducted in French. The collection transcends all language in its grandeur and elegance.
The first section of the tour begins in The Chapel and is located in The Salon d’Hercule, surrounded with an eclectic collection of priceless paintings and engravings. The Chapel is designed with magnificent drawings, an amazing dome in the north-central area of The Chapel, and its definitive and distinctive 18th century French art design make it a work of art as beautiful as any contained within!
The awe that one feels as one enters into this unimaginably fantastic setting is continuous as you go from one grand area to the next each seemingly more breath taking than the last. So it is that after leaving Versailles Palace that contains The Chapel and Hall of Mirrors we come to the exquisitely beautiful gardens with their explosion of color, attar and floral design. The Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate are the last but not least sections of the tour and are rich in history as well as art.
From the flowers, to the mirrors to paintings, carving engravings and original pieces of jewelry and furniture it is all original and it is definitely an unrivaled experience!
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