Palace and Park of Versailles you gotta go here

In one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the French capital Paris is a village called Versailles. It is located about 20 kilometers from the central business district of France. The most prominent feature in the city is the Palace of Versailles constructed for the Louis XIV and a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy in France.  

The Palace is an embodiment of the several generations of French architects, landscape architects, and sculptors. The Palace was home of French Kings from Louis XIV to Louis XVI. There are several things that will get your attention the moment you get to the Palace. Check them out below.

1. Gardens of Versailles - This is an 800-hectares garden that features some of the best European landscaping exploits as well as classic French Garden style. If you love the outdoors or a photography buff, this is the best place to do either. Apparently, it is a popular romance spot among the residents of Versailles.

2. Hall of Mirrors - This is part of the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles in Versailles and the most emblematic signature of the ostentation associated with the famous French King Louis XIV. The mirrors were used to illuminate the halls of the palace with candle lights.

3. Grand Trianon - This is part of the northwestern domain of the Palace of Versailles where the king would take some time off from his busy schedule and entertain his mistresses or guests. It was also a place where light meals could be taken without observing the strict etiquette of the court.

4. Chapels of Versailles - If you love religious history, then there is no better place to learn it than in a king's own chapel. Visiting this chapel was part of the court's routine and is home to some of the most informing religious monuments. While at it, why don't say a prayer where the kings prayed for the French kingdom?

The neighborhood of Versailles represents the French aristocracy at its best. It is the place you feel the French romance and fashion amalgamate into class and royalty. This is one place any tourist in France should not miss.


by Kennedy Runo on 04/08/2014 in Sightseeing