Versailles Palace & Gardens

History with capital H

The history of the Palace of Versailles starts at the 17th century. It was first a hunting lodge, then a seat of power, and finally, from the 19th century onwards, a museum. Composed of the Palace, the gardens, the Park, the Trianon estate and several buildings in town, today the Estate of Versailles spreads over more than 800 hectares.

With our guide discover the largest and most famous Royal Palace in the world, including :

The HALL OF MIRRORS, the most famous room in the Palace, was built to replace a large terrace designed by the architect Louis Le Vau, which opened onto the garden.  

The KING’S APPARTEMENT, prestigious series of seven rooms were parade apartment, used for hosting the sovereign’s official acts. For this reason, it was bedecked with lavish Italian-style decoration, much admired by the king at the time, composed of marble panelling and painted ceilings.

The GALLERY OF GREAT BATTLES is the most important of the historic Galleries created by Louis-Philippe in the Palace of Versailles. It covers almost the entire first floor of the South Wing of the Palace and depicts nearly 15 centuries of French military successes, from Clovis to Napoleon, through 30 or so paintings.

And of course the fabulous GARDENS. Visitors looking through the central window in the Hall of Mirrors will see the Grande Perspective stretching away towards the horizon from the Water Parterre. This unique east-west perspective originally dates from before the reign of Louis XIV, but it was developed and extended by the gardener André Le Nôtre, who widened the Royal Way and dug the Grand Canal.

« For this is our pleasure» – Louis XIV

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  • Versailles Palace
  • Versailles Gardens



  • Private tour
  • Versailles Tour Guide
  • 4 hours or 8 hours
  • Versailles sightseeing with a Guide
  • From Paris or Versailles
  • Art & History France