chateau de versailles

for the past 30 years THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES HAS BEEN listed as a world heritage site

The Palace of Versailles is among the finest achievement of French architectural design of the 17th century. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village. Today it is a sizeable suburb of Paris, some 20km (12 miles) south-west of the capital.

© Chateau de Versailles/Christian Milet

The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. As a result, Versailles is famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.

© Chateau de Versailles/Christian Milet

Initially, Versailles was planned to be an occasional residence for Louis XIV and was referred to as the "King's house". Accordingly, much of the early funding for construction came from the king's own purse, paid for by revenues received from his appanage as well as revenues from the province of New France (Canada), which, while part of France, was a private possession of the king and therefore exempt from the control of the Parliaments.

For the visitor the highlights are the Grands Appartements, the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), the Appartement de la Reine (the Queen's apartments), and, of course, the gardens, which are open daily from 0800-2030.


© ATOUT FRANCE/Martine Prunevieille


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Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes - 78000 Versailles
Tel: 01 30 83 78 00

getting there

By rail
RER C: To get to the palace of Versailles, make sure to buy a "Paris - Versailles Rive Gauche" ticket (zones 1-4) (T+ ticket is not valid for this journey).
SNCF Trains: Arrive at Versailles Chantiers station from Paris Montparnasse
Arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station from Paris Saint Lazare
Train schedule on

By car
A13 motorway, exit Versailles Centre
Paying car park at the Place d’Armes, Allée de Bailly, Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon

Daily (except Mon)
Apr-Oct 0900-1830
Nov-Mar 0900-1730

There are several admission tickets: choose yours depending on how much time you have and the places you would like to see.

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