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Palace of Versailles


The Palace of Versailles (French: Château de Versailles), often simply known as Versailles, is a former royal residence located in in Versailles, a suburb of Paris, which is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the central city.

The Palace of Versailles was the center of royal political power in France from 1682 (when King Louis XIV moved from Paris) until 1789, when the royal family was forced to return to the capital after the beginning of the French revolution.

Other historic events that have taken place at the Palace of Versailles include:
  • On January 18th 1871, during the Franco-Prussian War, Prussian King Wilhelm I, was proclaimed German Emperor in the Halls of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

  • The Palace of Versailles was the site of the post-World War I, Paris Peace Conference that took place in 1919.

  • The Treaty of Versailles, formally concluding World War I, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28th 1919.
Today, the Palace of Versailles is both a museum and a popular tourist attraction, as well as still being used for political functions. Among the political functions, the Palace is used for include as place for meeting foreign Heads of State, and as the site where the French Sénat (upper house of the Parliament of France) and Assemblée nationale (lower house of the Parliament of France) meet in congress to revise or amend the French Constitution.

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Versailles: A Biography of a Palace

By Tony Spawforth

Griffin
Released: 2010-03-16
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Called "fast-paced" (Kirkus Reviews) and "highly engrossing" (Publishers Weekly), this is the behind-the-scenes story of the world's most famous palace.

The story of Versailles is one of high historical drama mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789. Versailles sets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world: a great center of power and, for thousands, a home both grand and squalid.

Using the latest historical research, Spawforth offers the first full account of Versailles in English in over thirty years. He probes the conventional picture of this "perpetual house party" and gives full weight to the darker side: not just the mounting discomfort of the aging palace but also the intrigue and status anxiety of its aristocrats, as well as the changing place of Versailles in France's national identity since 1789.

Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself―from architecture to politics to scandal to restoration.

Palace Of Versailles: France's Royal Jewel (Castles, Palaces & Tombs)

By Linda Tagliaferro

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Step into a world of royal beauty when kings and queens lived in grand luxury at the Palace of Versailles: France's Royal Jewel. Young readers will wander through the decorated rooms and extensive gardens of the Palace, originally built as a hunting lodge and now a national museum in France. Through the story of Versailles, students will meet the kings who ruled a nation, and the ordinary citizens who changed French history forever. Four-color photos, maps, timelines and compelling narratives guarantee to inform and entertain."

Versailles

By Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos

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This text traces the transformation of Louis XIII'S modest hunting lodge into the apotheosis of the French monarchy. Versailles' importance as the expression of European absolutism but also as an experimental design workshop is examined.

Palace of Versailles

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Released: 2014-08-25
Kindle Edition (181 pages)

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Versailles

By Gerald Van Der Kemp

Crescent
Released: 1988-12-12
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The Palace of Versailles (First Discovery/Art S) by Christian Heinrich (2012-06-01)

By Christian Heinrich

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