Palace of versailles

Palace of Versailles: a landmark in history

The focal point of the State Apartments is the Salon d’Hercule which has a huge ceiling painting depicting the Apotheosis of Hercules with over one hundred and forty figures of God, Goddess and angles. The Salon de Vénus, the Salon de Daine, the Salon de l’Abondance, the Salon de Mercure and the Salon de Mars are rich in portraits and paintings, statues, busts, all made by French and Italian master painters and craftsmen of the ‘era.

Needless to say, the Queen’s Apartments are the show of punch and wealth. Once upon a time, furniture and upholstery changed according to the season. The case that survived the revolution is a work of art with inlays of mother-of-pearl, glass and blue and white porcelain plates. Nineteen children were born in public view, according to ancient custom in this room where three queens Marie-Thérèse, Marie Leszczynska and Marie-Antoinette and two dauphines lived. The Queen’s Apartment also included the Salon des Nobles and the Salon du Grand Couvert which served as an antechamber and dining room.

The King’s Apartment, largely in carved and gilded white and gold woodwork, has a private office, a chess room and a dog room, a library, the Porcelain room , the games room and the Council room. Louis XIV had the Palace of Versailles equipped with its first bathrooms and “English toilets”. The best of period furniture, silks, brocade and decorative items can be seen here.