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UNESCO World Heritage Site #78: Palace and Park of Versailles

Posted by on October 6, 2009

World Heritage Site #78: Palace and Park of Versailles

World Heritage Site #78: Palace and Park of Versailles


From the World Heritage inscription:

The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.

If you have ever been to Versailles, then you probably can understand at a very deep level why the French had a revolution. French kings lived like…..kings. Everything is ostentatious and gilded. If my tax dollars were going to pay for this, I’d have been pissed off too.

Getting to Versailles from Paris is pretty easy. It is less than an hour train ride. I visited on a Sunday and the line was over and hour long to get tickets. Try to arrive early to avoid the crowds.