Château de Versailles was the official residence of the kings of France from 1682 until 1790, and is considered as one of the finest, most superb examples of French Baroque architecture. Most of us now recognize this place for its association to Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV.
I think it would be a sin to skip this place if you’re a tourist in France! Fortunately, from the heart of Paris, it only takes a 30 minute train ride before you can witness the splendor of this place. The best thing about Versailles, I believe, is that it is so massive and ornate that it definitely will make you blurt out, “Humans are too amazing!”
Early morning view in front of Versailles.
The Sun King, and also the longest-reigning king in European history, reigning for 72 years and 110 days. If you’re a fan of Alexandre Dumas, you’d recognize Louis XIV as the twin brother of The Man In The Iron Mask!
Me at the Marble Court. I look like I was just photoshopped in!
The Golden Gates of Versailles.
So many people were taking pictures of the gates from outside. Why not take a picture from inside? *ninja photographer mode*
Me and my prince-like outfit! No one was taking pictures from this side of the gates, so I took the liberty to do a funny leg pose.
The Chapels of Versailles, where Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI.
Inside each room, you can find beautiful oil paintings on the ceilings. Here is Apothèse d’Hercule (Apotheosis of Hercules, where this room’s name, Salon of Hercules, was derived from) by François Le Moyne. He committed suicide after painting it. :(
The Salon of Abundance.
The Mars Salon where the paintings are all military-themed.
Hall of Mirrors / Galerie des Glaces, one of the most popular places in the world! Louis XIV always passed by this hall to go from his private apartment to the chapel.
The mirror at the Queen’s Bedchamber. This has got to be my favorite room in the whole of Versailles. You’ll see why in the next few pictures.
To say that this room has so many flowers is an understatement! Very fitting for Marie Antoinette, yes?
The headboard. If you look closely, there is combined M and A in the middle.
Beautiful fabric. How grand! Can I stay here forever?
Fidelity, Charity, Prudence and Generosity were depicted in the 4 gray paintings in the ceiling (you can see one in this picture).
One of the gardens in Versailles.
Not entirely related to Versailles, but they had Angelina in one of the rooms so I was tempted to… well, eat cake.
“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” is said to not have been Marie Antoinette’s line though! There have been lots of speculation that “Let them eat cake!” was uttered by another great princess. Oh well!
So many people! It’s a good thing we were free to take pictures in Versailles. Now, I wish Windsor Castle could also allow picture taking at the State Apartments…
The Latona Basin, found in between the Palace of Versailles and the Grand Canal (also visible in this picture).
Latona, where the statue on top of the fountain was based on, turned the Lycean peasants into frogs when they refused to give her water.
Looks like it could be a scene from a movie.
Spotted a couple taking a stroll from far away.
Ducks at the Grand Canal.
Versailles is HUGE. You definitely can’t walk through the whole of it in a day, especially if you’re not going to pay extra for a cart. Too bad all the carts were sold out when were were there because it was raining pretty hard. :(
One of the rooms at Petit Trianon. Not too many pictures from this place because it was honestly too plain compared to the Palace of Versailles. A good spot to still visit if you have a lot of extra time.
But it started raining so hard by the end of the afternoon that everyone, including us, just decided to call it a day. Well, as long as you visit the main areas, you’re pretty much good to go. I wish I could visit this place again next time, when the weather is a lot better!
Dropped by Starbucks before heading back to central Paris.
Hope you liked that short tour of Versailles! I’ll be posting more from my Paris trip next weekend. I hope I can do travel posts on a weekly basis! <3