The centre of French history...

The Palace of Versailles, Paris

The Palace of Versailles may have started as a royal hunting lodge, but it later became the center of the French court, taking the crown away from the Louvre Palace in Paris. The mammoth estate is ornate, opulent and over the top in its richness. It is one of Paris’s most visited landmarks, with visitors coming to see its magnificent gardens and the iconic Hall of Mirrors, with its 357 mirrors. The Palace of Versailles ceased being a royal residence during the French Revolution and today houses an unparalleled museum of French history. The only downside is it is 40 minutes drive from the city centre- make a very special day of it and reserve a table at the chic Gordon Ramsay au Trianon on the edge of the palace grounds.

Open: 9AM-6:30PM, except Mondays
Region: Versailles
Metro: Versailles Château-Rive Gauche, RER Line C
Entry: 20 Euros for all-day passport
Fact: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gardens boast 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains across 30,000 acres

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