Exterior View, Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles

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Interior View, Château de Versailles

Interior View, Château de Versailles

Exterior View, Château de Versailles
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Exterior View, Château de Versailles

Exterior View, Château de Versailles
Interior View, Château de Versailles

Interior View, Château de Versailles

Interior View, Château de Versailles

Interior View, Château de Versailles

This world-famous destination has lived in the imaginations of art lovers for many generations as history’s most shining example of absolute splendour. In the reign of Louis XIV, this became the official residence of the Court of France. The 'Sun King', a devout connoisseur of arts and architecture, spared no effort to remake his father’s modest château into the grandest palace the world had ever seen, and a symbol of the king’s undisputed power. The magnificent grounds include the orangery, the stables, the lodgings and the gardens, all of which convey the ultimate formal grandeur. Especially extraordinary are the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. A charming contrast is Queen Marie-Antoinette’s own favourite residence, the Petit Trianon, which she famously transformed into a picturesque fantasy landscape garden and village.

Collection Highlights


Ceiling of the Royal Chapel

Elisabeth Vigée le Brun

Marie-Antoinette

Jacques-Louis David

The coronation of Napoleon and Josephine at Notre-Dame de Paris, 2 December 1804

Hyacinthe Rigaud

Portrait of Louis XIV
Louis XV’s roll-top bureau
Château de Versailles: Collection Highlights
Ceiling of the Royal Chapel
© RMN (Château de Versailles) / Didier Saulnier

Elisabeth Vigée le Brun

Marie-Antoinette , 1783
© RMN-Grand Palais, château de Versailles, D.R

Jacques-Louis David

The coronation of Napoleon and Josephine at Notre-Dame de Paris, 2 December 1804
oil on canvas
© RMN (Château de Versailles) / Peter Willi

Hyacinthe Rigaud

Portrait of Louis XIV, 1701
© Château de Versailles / J-M Manaï
Louis XV’s roll-top bureau
© Christian Milet

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