Palace of Versailles

palace in Versailles, France and location of the Museum of the History of France
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The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal castle in Versailles, France.

Palace of Versailles
Château de Versailles
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General information
LocationVersailles, France
Coordinates48°48′17″N 2°07′13″E / 48.8048°N 2.1203°E / 48.8048; 2.1203
Height132 m
Technical details
Floor count6
Floor area67,000 m² (721,182 ft²)
Official namePalace and Park of Versailles
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, vi
Reference83
Inscription1979 (3rd Session)
Area1,070 ha
Buffer zone9,467 ha

In French, it is often called the Château de Versailles. When the castle was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris.

From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris and lived in this palace, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in the Ancien Régime. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of absolute monarchy.

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Further reading

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  • Thompson, Ian. The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre And the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006 (hardcover, ISBN 1-58234-631-3).

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