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Palace of Versailles
Local name: Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of the largest and most famous royal residences in the world. For years, he was a model for other rulers who transferred his solutions to his own land. The powerful, baroque building realizing the assumptions of the plan "between the yard and the garden" has 3 courtyards and about 700 rooms, of which 120 are open to visitors.
The beginning of the Palace of Versailles was the Louis XIII hunting castle built at the end of the 16th century. his descendants extended it, and Louis XIV moved his court here. Until the French Revolution, the kings and the most important aristocrats of the country surrounding them lived in Versailles. It is now a museum visited by over 10 million tourists each year.
The palace is a baroque, two-storey building. The lower part is formed by regular arcades, while the upper is cut symmetrically by a system of pilasters and cornices. The building is topped with a balustrade attic. In the next courtyards you can see statues of rulers from the Bourbon dynasty. The interiors of the palace are decorated with splendor. The most famous is the 74-meter Zwierciadlana Gallery, whose vault is covered by paintings of Le Brun depicting the victories of the French army. You can also visit the baroque Bourbon chapel, representative lounges with complete furniture and private apartments of kings and queens.