Palace of versailles

Where is the Palace of Versailles, how long did it take to build and when was the Treaty of Versailles signed there?

THE Palace of Versailles is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in France, although surprisingly it was not originally built to be a palace, but rather a hunting lodge.

It is now open to the public and no royal family resides there, however, it has a very interesting history.

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The Palace of Versailles is the largest royal estate in the worldCredit: Alamy

Where exactly is the palace located?

The Palace of Versailles is located in Île-de-France, about 24 km southwest of Paris.

It is also known as the Palace of Versailles.

Before the French Revolution, the court of Versailles was the center of political power in France and was located inside the palace.

The Opéra Royal de Versailles is the main theater and opera house of the Palace of Versailles.

    The magnificent historic building is famous for its grandeur

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The magnificent historic building is famous for its grandeurCredit: Getty – Contributor

How long did it take to build?

The palace was built in three distinct stages:

  1. 1623 – Construction of a less extravagant hunting lodge.
  2. 1661–78 – First major expansion.
  3. 1678–1715 – Second major expansion.

Was the Treaty of Versailles signed there?

It was indeed signed at the Palace of Versailles.

The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the end of the First World War, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28, 1919.

    Intricate details on all ceilings attract millions of visitors

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Intricate details on all ceilings attract millions of visitorsCredit: AFP-Getty

How many mirrors does the infamous Hall of Mirrors contain?

There are a whopping 357 mirrors in the beautiful room.

No less than 20,000 candles were lit in the Hall of Mirrors on special occasions to transform it into a “corridor of light”.

How big is the palace?

The palace covers 8,150,265 square meters, making it the largest royal estate in the world.

The garden that surrounds the palace, the Garden of Versailles covers 1,976 acres, and it is one of the largest gardens in the world.

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