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Things to do in Chateau de Versailles

One of the most romantic cities of the world, France is an absolute delight for everyone who pays a visit. Since the time France was settled, it has been a leader in terms of its civilization, industrialization, arts, education, and culture. France attracts tourists in droves because it provides insight into the rich history and culture of olden days as well as preserves the ideals of modernity. This is the reason why it is filled to the brim with tourists all year round.

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Created in the 17th century, the idea of building Chateau de Versailles was to demonstrate the absolute and complete power and hierarchy of the French monarchy. It was started under the guidance of Louis KeVau in 1661, but by 1670’s the construction responsibilities were handed over to Jules Hardouin Mansart. The interior designer and painter of the palaces was Charles Le Brun and the landscaping of the place was done by Andre Le Notre. The chateau is covered in marble, woodcarvings, gilt and frescoes, for which all the ideas were taken from Roman and Greek mythology. By the time it was complete Versailles changed from a small village to a thriving city. And this was the purpose to show the power of the wealth of the French rulers of the time. There are plenty of things to do at Chateau de Versailles. It is an extremely romantic spot if a lover or spouse is along and an extremely educational and historical one if family or friends are going together. Be it taking walks or taking pictures of the various artistic features and architectural marvels, Chateau de Versailles does not fail to disappoint. You will find that even an entire day spent at the palace is not enough for its complete exploration as there are so many things to do at Chateau de Versailles.


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There are quite a few things that can be seen and enjoyed at the palaces and its surrounding gardens. Now the chateau is treated as a museum and tourist attraction. There are grand apartments to see, King and Queen’s private apartments to stroll through, the hall of mirrors to check out, chapels of Versailles and the royal opera to explore, Museum of the History of France to go through, as well as gardens of Versailles to check out. There are lots of things to do at Chateau de Versailles. Be it with friends or family, spouses or children, the place is an absolute joy to visit. When you are done checking out the palaces and its surrounding area, you can visit the city of Versaillesand all the attractions offered there. There are also plenty of eateries and fine-dining options as well as hotels where you can stay in for the duration of your trip.

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The King's Garden Grove

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The King's Garden Grove

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Mirror Fountain (Bassin du Miroir)

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Mirror Fountain (Bassin du Miroir)

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Apollo Fountain (Bassin d'Apollon)

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Apollo Fountain (Bassin d'Apollon)

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Grand Canal

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Grand Canal

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La Petite Venise

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La Petite Venise

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The Grand Trianon

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The Grand Trianon

The Grand Trianon was the retreat made for Louis XIV and his Mistress. They needed a place out of court where they could skip the formalities and etiquettes of the court. Being the mistress of the king was an official position in those times, and most kings are known to have many documented mistresses, who were given respect and admiration from the society. The construction of this place was completed in 1700, though it has been restored many times since.

The buildings are also peculiar for another reason; instead of being a wild show of artistic freedom the buildings are very well organized. Everything seems very geometric and straight lines are found everywhere, both in the Trianon and in the adjoining park. Visiting is regarded as one of the most important things to do in The Grand Trianon for any tourist in Versailles.

King Louis XIV didn’t just come to the Grand Trianon with his mistress, he also used it as the chief place for all informal meetings. While he had to be very formal in the court, this was made as a place where he could relax with his friends. The Trianon reflects this, as instead of showing off wealth or power of the king, the whole set of buildings seems to have been made for comfort, and you will not find better things to do in Château de Versailles.

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The Grand Trianon Gardens

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The Grand Trianon Gardens

When the Grand Trianon was being made, one thing which the architects focused on was making the view from the Trianon beautiful. Thus, it was decided that the Grand Trianon Gardens would surround the building so every window gave a beautiful view of the flowers. This design philosophy can be easily seen in the beauty of the gardens.

The royals claimed that just looking at the flowers made them want to leave the building and venture outside, while visitors who came after the gardens were completed, claimed the beautiful smells were absolutely overpowering. The gardens are maintained very well till today and are a beautiful sight.

There are lots of things to do in The Grand Trianon Gardens as they are vastly different from the main gardens of the Versailles. They do not focus on sculptors and fountains, and instead the focus is on the flowers, and the fragrance around the garden is amazing, which makes it a lovely place to visit. The gardens will not take too much of your time, but if you’re visiting the palace of Versailles, then these gardens are a must visit because they’re amongst most beautiful things to do in the palace. It is also a great place for a photo session.

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The Petit Trianon (Small Trianon)

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The Petit Trianon (Small Trianon)

The Petit Trianon (which literally means little Trianon, named such because it is located next to the Grand Trianon), is a château made on the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Its construction was completed in 1768, and it was made on the orders of Louis XV. Like the Grand Trianon, the reason of construction of this place was also the king’s mistress. To be specific, it was made for Madame de Pompadour, who was the official mistress of the king. She died before its construction could be completed, and after completion the château became the home of her successor, Madame du Barry, who was the last mistress of the king.

There are plenty of things to do in Petit Trianon, and the design of the château is very interesting indeed. It was explicitly made so that the royals could have their fun, without needing to be formal at all. Marie Antoinette was known to come to the Petit Trianon a lot, because she found the court to be boring. The servants couldn't even mingle with the royals, which allowed the royals to act upon all their whims. The food, for example, was put on the table on a lower floor, which was then raised to the floor the royals were sitting waiting for food. You will find lots of interesting things to do in Château de Versailles, which is a why you should plan a visit today.

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The Temple of Love (The English Garden)

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The Temple of Love (The English Garden)

The Gardens of France are considered to be the culmination of the best features of French Gardens. However, when Queen Marie Antoinette was getting her Hamlet built, the styles had changed. English style gardens, which are more freeform, were the trend of the period, and thus, Queen Marie Antoinette wanted the garden around her Hamlet to be English. This is how we came to have The English Garden within one of the most iconic French gardens of the world.
One of the best things to do in the English Garden is visiting The Temple of Love and The Belvedere, a part of the garden, which is the best place to visit to see the full effect of the garden.

Much of the gardens were not maintained and lost the original magic to which people used to flock. In 2012 the Belvedere was completely renovated and restored, and if you go there you will be able to see the original beauty of the place. The Temple of Love is more famous, and whenever the Queen had her guests over and a performance was put on, it would happen in the Temple of Love. The rock emulates natural landscapes, and the artificial cascade of water is wondrous. That is the reason so many people like to visit the garden since there are so many different things to do in things to do in Château de Versailles. Marie Antoinette was forever trying to free herself from orthodoxy, and seeing this wild garden stand out from the methodological and geometric style of the French Garden represents that perfectly.

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Ceres Fountain

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Ceres Fountain