16 Sights in Versailles, France (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Versailles, France. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 16 sights are available in Versailles, France.

Sightseeing Tours in Versailles

1. La Tour de Marlborough

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The Hameau de la Reine is a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in Yvelines, France. It served as a private meeting place for the queen and her closest friends; a place of leisure. Designed by Richard Mique, the queen's favoured architect, with the help of the painter Hubert Robert, it contained a meadowland with a lake and various buildings in a rustic or vernacular style, inspired by Norman or Flemish design, situated around an irregular pond fed by a stream that turned a mill wheel. The building scheme included a farmhouse,, a dairy, a dovecote, a boudoir, a barn that burned down during the French Revolution, a mill and a tower in the form of a lighthouse. Each building is decorated with a garden, an orchard or a flower garden. The largest and most famous of these houses is the "Queen's House", connected to the Billiard house by a wooden gallery, at the center of the village. A working farm was close to the idyllic, fantasy-like setting of the Queen's Hamlet.

Wikipedia: Hameau de la Reine (EN)

2. Statue équestre de Louis XIV sous les traits de Marcus Curtius

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The Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV is a sculpture designed and partially executed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was originally brought to France to design a new facade of the Louvre, a portrait bust, and an equestrian statue. Bernini first discussed the project while in France in the mid-1660s, but it did not start until later in the decade, when back in Rome. It was not completed until 1684 and then shipped to Paris in 1685. Louis XIV of France was extremely unhappy with the end result and had it placed in a corner of the gardens of the royal palace at Versailles. Soon after, the sculpture was modified by François Girardon and altered into an equestrian sculpture of the ancient Roman hero Marcus Curtius.

Wikipedia: Equestrian statue of Louis XIV (Bernini) (EN)

3. Queen's Theatre

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The Théâtre de la Reine ou Théâtre du Trianon is a theater built for Queen Marie-Antoinette by the architect Richard Mique from June 1778 to July 1779. It is located in the grounds of the Petit Trianon, in the park of the Palace of Versailles, hidden between the tree tunnel of the French Garden and the tall trees of the Alpine Garden. The exterior of the building, which looks like an outbuilding, contrasts with the sophisticated decoration of its interior, which is adorned with blue silk and velvet and gilded sculptures, yet is all pretense. It was inaugurated in 1780, ten years after the opening of the "Grand Théâtre", as the Royal Opera of Versailles was then called.

Wikipedia: Théâtre de la Reine (EN)

4. Musée de l’Histoire de France

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The Musée de l'Histoire de France is a museum that was created by King Louis Philippe I in the Palace of Versailles and opened in 1837. At the time, it represented an ambitious project of national reconciliation between the hitherto competing narratives of the French monarchy and the French Revolution, to which Louis-Philippe devoted significant personal attention. Whereas it gradually faded in importance as a museum in the later 19th century, its lavish historicist decoration remains a major exemplar of the art of France's July Monarchy.

Wikipedia: Musée de l'Histoire de France (Versailles) (EN)

5. Trianon-sous-Bois

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The Grand Trianon is a French Baroque style château situated in the northwestern part of the Domain of Versailles in Versailles, France. It was built at the request of Louis XIV of France as a retreat for himself and his maîtresse-en-titre of the time, the Marquise de Montespan, and as a place where he and invited guests could take light meals (collations) away from the strict etiquette of the royal court. The Grand Trianon is set within its own park, which includes the Petit Trianon.

Wikipedia: Grand Trianon (EN)

6. Opéra Royal

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The Royal Opera of Versailles is the main theatre and opera house of the Palace of Versailles. Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it is also known as the Théâtre Gabriel. The interior decoration by Augustin Pajou is constructed almost entirely of wood, painted to resemble marble in a technique known as faux marble. The excellent acoustics of the opera house are at least partly due to its wooden interior.

Wikipedia: Royal Opera of Versailles (EN)

7. Le colérique

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Le colérique

The grande commande was a commission ordered by Louis XIV for statues intended to decorate the parterre d’eau of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, as initially conceived in 1672. The commission, which included 24 statues and four groups, was ordered in 1674. Designed by Charles Le Brun from Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia, the statues were executed by the foremost sculptors of the day.

Wikipedia: Grande Commande (EN)

8. Borne du Serment de Koufra

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Borne du Serment de Koufra

The Capture of Kufra was part of the Allied Western Desert Campaign during the Second World War. Kufra is a group of oases in the Kufra District of south-eastern Cyrenaica in the Libyan Desert. In 1940, it was part of the colony of Italian Libya Libia Italiana, which was part of Africa Settentrionale Italiana (ASI), which had been established in 1934.

Wikipedia: Capture of Kufra (EN), Website

9. Lazare Hoche

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Lazare Hoche

Louis Lazare Hoche was a French military leader of the French Revolutionary Wars. He won a victory over Royalist forces in Brittany. His surname is one of the names inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe, on Column 3. Richard Holmes describes him as "quick-thinking, stern, and ruthless... a general of real talent whose early death was a loss to France."

Wikipedia: Lazare Hoche (EN)

10. Grand Appartement de la Reine

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The large apartment of the Queen is a set of five salons located on the first floor of the main body of the Palace of Versailles. These pieces were the reception spaces for the sovereigns of France Marie-Thérèse, Marie Leszczynska and Marie-Antoinette. These spaces are presented today as they were under Marie-Antoinette.

Wikipedia: Grand Appartement de la Reine (FR)

11. Vase de la Paix

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The Peace Vase is a marble vase carved in 1684 by Jean-Baptiste Tuby. Located on the terrace of the garden of Versailles, it faces the vase of war, sculpted by Antoine Coysevox. It celebrates the treaties of Aachen and Nijmegen, which ensure peace between France, Spain and Holland.

Wikipedia: Vase de la paix (FR)

12. Le Potager du Roi

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The King's Vegetable Garden is a 9-hectare vegetable garden, created in 1683 near the Palace of Versailles by the director of royal orchards and vegetable gardens Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, at the request of King Louis XIV to supply the court of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Potager du roi (FR), Website

13. L'Enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton

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The abduction of Proserpine by Pluto, the masterpiece of François Girardon inspired by the history of the abutment of Persephone or Proserpina, is a group connected in marble completed around 1696, kept at the orangery of the Palace of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton (FR)

14. Grand Appartement du Roi

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Grand Appartement du Roi

The large apartment of the King is a set of seven salons of the Palace of Versailles designed to be the framework of the official acts of the monarch. These salons are very richly decorated, in Italian fashion from the time of Louis XIV.

Wikipedia: Grand Appartement du Roi (FR)

15. Salle du Jeu de Paume

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The Salle du Jeu de paume is located at no. 1 rue du Jeu de paume, in the heart of the Saint-Louis district, in Versailles (Yvelines). It is famous for the oath of the Palm Game taken by the Third State Deputies on June 20, 1789.

Wikipedia: Salle du Jeu de paume (FR)

16. Bâtiments du Manège

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The Merège building was a former military building under Napoleon III in Versailles, France. He was demolished in 1988 with the exception of his portal which remained on Avenue du Général-de-Gaulle.

Wikipedia: Bâtiments du Manège (FR)


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