Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Versailles, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 7.3 km
Ascend 190 m
Descend 126 m

Experience Versailles in France in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in VersaillesIndividual Sights in Versailles

Sight 1: L'Enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton

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The Abduction of Proserpine by Pluto, a masterpiece by François Girardon inspired by the story of the abduction of Persephone or Proserpina, is a marble-bound group completed around 1696, kept in the orangery of the Palace of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton (FR)

457 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 2: Bassin de Latone

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The Latona parterre is an element of the garden of Versailles. Located below the Parterre d'Eau, it was designed by André Le Nôtre, then modified by Hardouin-Mansart.

Wikipedia: Parterre de Latone (FR), Website

361 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Parterre du Midi

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The Parterre du Midi is a flower bed comprising two circular basins, located in the park of the Palace of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Parterre du Midi (FR)

173 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 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)

59 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Grand Appartement de la Reine

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Grand Appartement de la ReineJorge Láscar from Melbourne, Australia / CC BY 2.0

The Queen's Grand Apartment is a set of five salons located on the first floor of the central body of the Palace of Versailles. These rooms were the reception areas for the sovereigns of France Marie-Thérèse, Marie Leszczynska and Marie-Antoinette. Both for the Duchess of Burgundy as dauphine. These spaces are now presented as they were under Marie-Antoinette, when she left them on October 6, 1789.

Wikipedia: Grand Appartement de la Reine (FR)

99 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Vase de la Paix

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The Peace Vase is a marble vase sculpted 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)

438 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 7: Apollon servi par les nymphes

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Apollon servi par les nymphes

Apollo Served by the Nymphs is a group of seven marble statues made in 1666 by François Girardon and Thomas Regnaudin for the Grotto of Tethys at the Palace of Versailles. They are accompanied by the Chevaux du Soleil, two groups signed by Gilles Guérin for one and the Marsy brothers for the other.

Wikipedia: Apollon servi par les nymphes (FR)

112 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Lysias

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The Philosophers' Roundabout is a crossroads between several alleys in the gardens of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Rond-Point des Philosophes (FR)

403 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 9: La Renommée du Roi

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The King's Fame or Fame Writing the History of the King by Domenico Guidi is a marble group located at the Neptune Fountain in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.

Wikipedia: La Renommée du Roi (FR)

163 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Théâtre Montansier

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The Théâtre Montansier is a French theatre in rue des Réservoirs, Versailles, near the royal château. It was created by the actress and theatre director Mademoiselle Montansier, designed by Jean-François Heurtier, inspecteur général des bâtiments du roi and designer of the Salle Favart at the Opéra-Comique. The theatre opened 18 November 1777, with Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in attendance.

Wikipedia: Théâtre Montansier (Versailles) (EN), Website

153 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Bassin du Dragon

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The Dragon Basin is a pond in the gardens of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Bassin du Dragon (FR)

219 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: 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)

55 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Le Bassin de la Pyramide

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The Pyramid Basin is a basin in the gardens of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Bassin de la Pyramide (FR)

81 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: 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)

65 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: Aile Nord

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The North Wing is a part of the Palace of Versailles, France. Built in the 1680s, it is in the classical style.

Wikipedia: Aile du Nord (FR)

118 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 16: Grand Appartement du Roi

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Grand Appartement du Roi

The King's Grand Apartment is a set of seven salons in the Palace of Versailles designed to be the setting for the monarch's official acts. These salons are very richly decorated, in the Italian fashion of the time of Louis XIV.

Wikipedia: Grand Appartement du Roi (FR)

213 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 17: Salles des Croisades

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The Salles des Croisades is a set of rooms located in the north wing of the Palace of Versailles.

Wikipedia: Salles des Croisades (EN)

412 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 18: Statue équestre de Louis XIV

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The Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV is a bronze equestrian statue representing the King of France, Louis XIV, located on the Place d'Armes in front of the Palace of Versailles. Until 2008-2009, it was in the Cour d'Honneur.

Wikipedia: Statue équestre de Louis XIV (Versailles) (FR)

317 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 19: Temple de Versailles

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The Protestant Temple of Versailles is a place of worship located at 3 rue Hoche in Versailles, founded in 1828. The parish is a member of the United Protestant Church of France.

Wikipedia: Temple protestant de Versailles (FR)

115 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 20: 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)

70 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 21: Domaine national : ancien Pavillon des Sources

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314 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 22: Église Notre-Dame

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The Church of Notre-Dame, Versailles, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Versailles, Yvelines, France, in the Rue de la Paroisse.

Wikipedia: Church of Notre-Dame, Versailles (EN), Website

218 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 23: Musée Lambinet

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The Musée Lambinet is a municipal museum in Versailles telling the history of the town. Since 1932, it has been housed in the hôtel Lambinet, a hôtel particulier designed by Élie Blanchard, built in the second half of the 18th century by a part of the Clagny lake and left to the town of Versailles by the heirs of Victor Lambinet in 1929. It has been classed as a monument historique since 1944. Its garden façade has a sculpted pediment representing an allegorical figure of architecture.

Wikipedia: Musée Lambinet (EN)

751 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 24: Synagogue de Versailles

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The Versailles Synagogue is a Jewish congregation and synagogue, located at 10, rue Albert Joly in Versailles in the Yvelines department, in the Île-de-France region of France. Built between 1884 and 1886 by the architect Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe, it was inaugurated in 1886, and is one of the oldest synagogues in the Île-de-France region. Mrs Furtado Heine provided significant financial support to the establishment of the synagogue.

Wikipedia: Versailles Synagogue (EN), Website

33 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 25: Maison Cassandre

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96 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 26: Église Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc

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The Church of Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc is a Roman Catholic church located in the Clagny-Glatigny district of Versailles, in the Yvelines.

Wikipedia: Église Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc de Versailles (FR), Website

63 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 27: Villa Bomsel

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1326 meters / 16 minutes

Sight 28: Domaine national : Pavillon des Filtres

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The Pavillon des Filtres, is a building in Versailles built during the reign of Louis XVI and intended to filter water for the city's population.

Wikipedia: Pavillon des Filtres (FR)

392 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 29: Monument Pershing - Lafayette

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The Pershing - Lafayette Monument is a memorial located on the heights of Versailles, erected in tribute to the American army that fought in the First World War and the army of the American War of Independence, on the other hand.

Wikipedia: Monument Pershing - Lafayette (FR)


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