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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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Trains evoking the palace of Versailles



The views

Since 16 May 2012, the carriage interiors of some trains of the RER C rail line are completely decorated with views of the palace and gardens of Versailles.

The hall of Mirrors

In the centre of the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, or Grand Gallery, decorated for Louis XIV, is today its most emblematic place.

Its vaulted ceiling is decorated with 35 compositions of the painter Charles Le Brun and each one celebrates a high point in the reign of the Sun King.


The French-style formal gardens

The French-style formal gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed by André Le Nôtre at the request of Louis XIV. Consisting of parterres of flowerbeds, pools with fountains and groves, they are decorated with sculptures and organised around a long central perspective that stretches as far as the Grand Canal.


The Grand Trianon

The Palace of the Grand Trianon was built in 1687 and 1688 by Jules Hardouin Mansart and Robert de Cotte.

Also called the "Marble Trianon", it is probably the building on Versailles that best expresses the taste of Louis XIV, who wanted it to be intimate, refined and largely open on to the gardens thanks to its peristyle.

The library of Louis XVI

This library forms part of the inner apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI (accessible on guided tours).

Designed by the architect Gabriel shortly before the death of Louis XV in 1774, it was one of the favourite rooms of Louis XVI who devoted his time here to his passion for the sciences and in particular for geography.


The Coronation coach of Charles X

A veritable masterpiece combining all the arts, this ceremonial coach was one of the last built in Europe. Designed in 1814 by the architect Percier and built by the coachmaker Duchesne for the coronation of Louis XVIII, it was used by Charles X who, on 28 May 1825, was crowned in Reims, thus re-establishing the principles of the monarchy of divine right.

This coach is on exhibition in Arras until November 2013

The Petit Trianon

This “Greek-style” palace built in 1760 in tune with the period’s taste goes back to Classical principles. Sobriety, rich but unfussy ornamentation, order and perfection characterise this new way of building that turns away from the rocaille style.

The Petit Trianon was given a complete restoration in 2008.

The bedchamber of the Queen in Trianon

Although it was designed at the request of Madame de Pompadour by the architect Gabriel, its is the memory of Marie-Antoinette which permeates the palace of the Petit Trianon.

Located on the first floor of the Petit Trianon, the bedchamber of the Queen was used successively by Madame Du Barry and then Marie-Antoinette.


The Belvedere in Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

Located in the English gardens of Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, the Belvedere was built in 1777 by the architect Richard Mique.

The painted interior decoration of this octagonal-shaped music pavilion evokes music, nature and the pleasures of country life.

Its reopening is planned in June 2012. Restored thanks to the sponsorship of the World Monuments Fund (Robert W. Wilson Challenge) and VINCI.

Also to be discovered in the RER C: the Petit Trianon, the Battles Gallery, the park of Versailles and the Cotelle Gallery.

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