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Things to do in Chateau de Versailles

Best attractions to visit in Chateau de Versailles

31. The King’s Grand Apartment - Chateau de Versailles

The King s Grand Apartment

The King’s Grand Apartment is located within the Palace of Versailles, and it was made to show off the power and wealth of Louis XIV. Thus it is an extremely grand apartment and consists of seven salons. The apartment wasn't made for the king to live in, rather it was made to show people about how grand the king’s lifestyle was and is referred to as a parade apartment. Anyone who wanted an audience with the king had to come here. One of the things to do in The King's Grand Apartment is checking out the seven salons are based on the seven different planets discovered till that time, and on the gods associated with those planets. Visiting all the salons in The King's Grand Apartment is a must in Château de Versailles. The salons within The King’s Grand Apartment contain a lot of art that is meant to show the greatness of Louis XIV, by referencing his actions through the depiction of other great leaders such as Augustus, Alexander the Great, and many more. The Hercules salon served as the chapel of the palace. The Abundance salon was the place where the king would have his evening refreshments. The Venus salon served as the entrance to the apartment, the Diana salon served as the billiard room. The Apollo salon is the most magnificent of the salons and was dedicated to the Sun God. The Mars salon has a military theme and is similarly grand.

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32. The Queen’s Chamber - Chateau de Versailles

The Queen s Chamber

Similar to the king’s apartments, the Queen’s Chamber (grand appartement de la reine ) was the place for the queen to hold an audience. The design of the apartment and the salons all correspond to the king’s grand apartment and the chamber is extravagant and luxurious. One of the things to do in the Queen's bedchamber is checking out the incredible architecture of these apartments, which will leave you awe struck with the opulence of it all. The king’s apartment focuses on military history and political wins, and is a lot more subdued than these chambers. Wealth seems to overflow from every part of the Queen’s Chamber. This is also an important historical site, as much of the political intrigue of the city happened here, and taking a tour is highly recommended on the list of things to do in the Queen's Chamber. Marie Antoinette, used these chambers, and if you look closely behind the jewel case in her room, you will be able to see a small door. This is the door she used to escape the palace from when a mob broke in to kill her. The seven salons, corresponding to the ones in the King’s chamber, are the Chapel, Salle de gardes, the Antichambre, the Chambre, the Grand cabinet, the Oratory, and the Petit cabinet. Some of the rooms have changed their décor over time.

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33. Queen Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet - Chateau de Versailles

Queen Marie Antoinette s Hamlet

Queen Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet is located within the Château de Versailles; however, you will not feel that way when you are inside it – an intentional part of the design. It was made as a retreat for Marie Antoinette who wanted a place where she could have fun. The Palace was her house, but in the palace, she had to follow protocols and act formally since she was royalty. This retreat was a place where she would sit with her friends. It is now open to the public and is a great site to see the place which Queen Marie Antoinette made for her enjoyment. One of the best things to do in Queen Marie Antoinette's Hamlet is visiting the gardens surrounding it, which will make you feel like you are in the countryside instead of within the Palace’s walls. This was done to make sure the Château de Versailles’s opulence did not have an imposing presence. The village built here can only be defined as quaint and has a beautiful feeling to it. You also get a sense of how far away removed the royals were from the peasants of that time and why the peasants felt the revolution should happen when you see that the Royals made a fake beautiful village just because it looked good.

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34. The Gardens - Chateau de Versailles

The Gardens

When Louis XIV was getting work done on the palace, he believed that the Gardens were just as important as the château. Thus, he had André Le Nôtre design a park that was as grand as the Château itself. The park is designed to be as beautiful as possible when viewed from the Hall of Mirrors, and when you view it from the hall, you will see the beauty extend from your point of view perfectly. This is a park literally fit for kings and a visit here is a great experience, as you will find plenty of things to do in The Gardens. The Gardens are a popular spot for tourists, and people who come here love the vibe of the place as well as all things to do in the Gardens. There is an air of serenity about the gardens, the gardens being meant for adults. Most parks we have nowadays had a focus on family and children and are filled with people enjoying and having a good time. These gardens were made so the royals could live in peace, and the peace and calm here are very refreshing. The fountains within the gardens are still legendary; a third of the construction costs of the Palace of Versailles was just the water supply because the fountains needed water. There are also some notable statues here, which are a pleasure to discover as you explore these gardens and the activities in Château de Versailles.

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35. Discover Chateau de Versailles - Chateau de Versailles

Discover Chateau de Versailles

Château de Versailles (the Palace of Versailles) is one of the grandest sights in all of France. It is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Versailles was originally a small town and village; however, the construction of the palace changed its status completely. It was originally made as to the hunting lodge for the king, it was then slowly expanded into the amazing palace that it is today. It is located just 20 kilometers away from Paris, and most people who visit Paris make it a point visit and check out the amazing things on offer here. Château de Versailles has many features which make it popular with tourists. It contains the grand apartments of the king and the queen. It also has the famous gallery of mirrors in it. The Chapels of Versailles are famous as well for their beauty. The gardens are worth a visit alone and are considered to be the best example of French gardens. The Grand Trianon, and the Petit Trianon, both buildings made for the mistresses of the kings, are also on these gardens. You need at least a full day to begin to appreciate the beauty of the famous Château de Versailles.

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36. The Carrosses museum (Coach museum) - Chateau de Versailles view 360

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The Carrosses museum Coach museum

When King Louis-Philippe undertook the decision of turning the palace into a museum, he took many steps to facilitate the transformation. The creation of The Carrosses museum (Coach museum) was one of these steps, meant to make the place more interesting for visitors. One of the must-do in The Carrosses Museum is checking out the amazing collections and galleries that are over here. The museum houses a very interesting collection of the coaches used by royals and other important figures of that time and is regarded amongst the best things to do in Château de Versailles. Coaches were how royalty traveled, and the coaches had to be as grand as the palaces in order to show one’s power. This lead to beautiful coaches with intricate designs we can now see in The Carrosses museum (Coach museum). The collection of coaches here is impressive, and the different coaches from the different eras let you see how the design trends changed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The coach museum does not limit itself only to coaches; as also included in the things to do in The Carrosses Museum is checking out the mounts used by royals, as well as sleds. The sleds were used when the temperatures were freezing, and the water bodies of the palace were frozen.

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