Louis XIII then eventually dies in the year of 1643.
|Statue of Louis XIV|
He hired architect Louis Le Vau along with artist Charles Le Brun to carry out the work on this Baroque masterpiece, which became the quintessential model for virtually all the palaces in Europe.Famed gardener André le Nôtre was responsible for the unequalled Versailles Garden.
Later on, it was Louis-Phillipe who, in 1830, transformed the chateau into a grand museum, dedicated to “the glory of France.”
The Chapel, the Opera, and the Hall of Mirrors were preserved but many smaller apartments were destroyed to make room for spacious exhibition halls.
Some call this Louis XIV’s most notable contribution to Versailles.
The main feature of the hall is the seventeen mirrored arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows which look out onto Versailles equally- magnificent garden.
Each arch contains a whopping number of twenty-one mirrors, for a total of 357 in all! This magnificent hall measures 73 meters long, 10.5 meters wide, and 12.3 meters high (240x34x40ft).
Statues and busts line the walls.
The Hall of Mirrors has always played an important role in history including in 1919, as the First World War officially ended when Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles in this hall.
The current chapel of Versailles is the fifth at the palace. Construction began in 1689 and was completed around 1710. It features a “tribune” on the same level as the royal apartments, overlooking the nave, where the kings would sit when they attended mass.
The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Baroque. Many of its features resemble cathedrals of medieval times, including the gargoyles and pointed roof, but other features are more reminiscent of the era in which it was built, including colored marble tile floors, columns, and carved pillars.
Originally known as the Apartment of the Planets (the 7 salons of this apartment each featured a painting of a planet), this was King Louis XIV’s apartment.
While the entire apartment and all its salons are amazing, most notable are the ceilings, painted by Painter to the King, Charles Le Brun and his team of artists.
Art lovers will truly understand the meaning of falling in love again once they enter this amazing section!
The auditorium of the Opera is fashioned entirely from wood, making it one of the most acoustically “live” theaters in the world.
Though it was a court theater and not meant for a huge public audience, it seats more than 700. Gold, pink, and green dominate the decor for the Opera, which wasn’t constructed until 1770.
It was first used for the wedding ball of future king Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and boasts a unique mechanical system that raises the floor to the level of the stage. Today, it is still used for concerts and operas.
It was created in the 17th century by landscape gardener André Le Nôtre who designed what could be considered the quintessential formal French garden.
The grand garden is laid out in a geometric pattern of paths, bushes, flowerbeds, trees and many more.
Le Nôtre also drained the swampy, sloping terrain and created a series of basins and a large canal, also known as the Grand Canal.
There are several other fountains in the garden, such as the Neptune Fountain.
The fountains were installed to entertain the many guests invited to the lavish parties organized by King Louis XIV.
Some 10,000 people worked in the Versailles Palace, so privacy was very minimal.
To counterbalance the privacy issues, King Louis XIV then ordered the construction of the Grand Trianon.
The Grand Trianon was a palace almost as luxurious as the main palace where the king could escape the formalities of the court and arrange rendezvous with his mistress.
His successor, king Louis XV, later followed in his fathers’ footsteps and did the same thing.
He built the smaller Petit Trianon for the same reason.
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