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Palace of Versailles
Château de Versailles
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Garden facade; Hall of Mirrors; Gardens of Versailles
General information
Location Versailles, France
Coordinates 48°48′17″N 2°07′13″E / 48.8048°N 2.1203°E / 48.8048; 2.1203Coordinates: 48°48′17″N 2°07′13″E / 48.8048°N 2.1203°E / 48.8048; 2.1203
Technical details
Floor area 67,000 m² (721,182 ft²)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Palace and Park of Versailles
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, vi
Reference 83
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)
Area 1,070 ha
Buffer zone 9,467 ha

The Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal castle in Versailles, France.

In English one often speaks of the Palace of Versailles. When the castle was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris.

From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris and lived in this palace, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in the Ancien Régime. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of absolute monarchy.

Related pages

  • Thompson, Ian. The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre And the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006 (hardcover, ISBN: 1-58234-631-3).

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