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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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Selection of archives

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The Palace of Versailles during the Great War




Thanks to an original comparison between the photographic collections and original testimony held in the Museum’s archives and at the French National Library, discover how the Palace of Versailles lived through World War I. In partnership with the French National Library (BnF), Gallica.

A web series in four parts

Episode 1 : Versailles, August 1914. A palace in a state of war

Episode 2 : Versailles, 1915-1917. The war effort

Episode 3 : Versailles, 1918. Nearing victory

Episode 4 : Versailles, 28 June 1919. Signing of the peace treaty

Versailles and World War I…

Both are rightly associated with a historical event – the signing of the Peace Treaty in the Hall of Mirrors – the “Treaty of Versailles” – on 28 June 1919. Much less is known about the war period itself.

What went on at Versailles during those four years?

In any case, the Palace was not isolated from the events: works of art were protected against bombardment, visits were organised for injured soldiers, charities held events in the park, political festivities took place, etc. Without a doubt, Versailles took part in the war effort. Moreover, people at the time were interested in what was going on there and could read about it regularly in the press.

These articles gave rise to photographic reports from which many of the images broadcast in this web series were taken. They are combined with documents produced by the army and archives still held at the Palace, giving these videos the inside viewpoint of the curator and the architect in charge of Versailles at the time. Never-before seen archives, moving testimony and surprising images take us into the heart of the history of the Palace of Versailles in those troubled times.

Karine Mc Grath, director of the archives at the Palace of Versailles

Trailer of the web series

France 2 installed its final set for Apocalypse in the Hall of Mirrors, with the table on which the Peace Treaty was signed in 1919. With her guests, Marie Drucker discussed the place that the Great War holds in our collective memory.

Visit the Apocalypse website – World War I (in French)

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