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Louis XIV of France Moves His Court to Versailles (1682)

During his reign, King Louis XIV moved his court and government offices to Versailles. The palace is one of the largest and most lavish ever built. At a time when mirrors were some of the priciest luxury items to acquire, Louis installed an entire hall of them. The grounds feature fountains, reservoirs, sculptures, temples, grottoes, and even two smaller palaces. Louis's motive for the move is thought to have been a desire to more closely monitor the nobility. Why did he feel this was necessary? More...
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Palace of Versailles seen from the Park


Palace of Versailles facts: history

In 1624, Louis XIII, King of France, commissioned a hunting lodge in the village of Versailles near Paris. In 1661, his son, King Louis XIV, also named Sun King, started the design of the great Versailles Gardens.
Gardener Andre Le Notre laid out the french style park. Charles Le Brun took care of the many paintings and sculptures in the park.

In 1685, 36 000 people and 6 000 horses were working on the construction of the 500 meters long Palace, which took altogether 50 years.

The Palace of Versailles, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, has been imitated many times by monarchs in Europe during the 18th century. Schonbrunn in Vienna, Peterhof in Saint Petersbourg and Caserte in Italy are the most famous imitations of Versailles in Europe.

Between 1668 and 1690, Architects Louis Le Vau and Jules Hardouin Mansard, his successor, considerably enlarged and embellished the Palace of Versailles.
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If Coco had been around in 1682 perhaps we wouldn't have this.
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