20 Palace of Versailles Facts

Fun & Interesting Facts About Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the Kings of France from Louis XIV in 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.

  1. Palace of Versailles was built in 1623 by Louis XIII.

  2. Designed as a hunting lodge, it would later become a Royal Palace.

  3. The Palace contains 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2.

  4. The Gardens of Versailles span across 800 hectares, comprised of 1,400 fountains, 400 sculptures, 200,000 trees and 5,57 km canal.

  5. The French Revolution began in Versailles after a mob took over the Palace.

  6. During the French revolution, the artwork at the palace of Versailles was relocated to Louvre for safe keeping.

  7. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 was signed at Versailles, ended the revolutionary war between the British and United States of America and recognized American independence.

  8. The treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919, brought World War I to an end, the treaty was signed in the Hall of Mirrors.

  9. The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles has a total of 357 mirrors.

  10. The apartment of King Louis XIV was originally known as the Apartment of the Planets. Each room in the apartment was devoted to each of the then-known seven planets and the Roman deity connected to it.

  11. Louis XIV melted down the chamber pots at the Versailles and used it to Finance his wars against Britain and other European nations.

  12. The Venetians ordered the assassination of the Mirror makers for giving away their secrets.

  13. Palace of Versailles contains around 6,000 paintings and 5,000 pieces of furniture and other objects.

  14. It is estimated that approximately more than 4 million people visit Versailles each year.

  15. Wife of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette built her own estate on the Versailles, called “The Petit Trianon”, Marie Antoinette used this as a personal retreat.

  16. The apartment used by Queen Marie-Antoinette included a hidden door in the bedchamber, which she used to escape a mob during the Revolution.

  17. Palace of Versailles kitchens and the King’s dining room were located quite far away from each other, as a result, the kings’ meals were often served cold.

  18. The Palace of Versailles would cost over £2 billion to constructed in today’s money.

  19. The Palace of Versailles is the World’s Largest Royal Domain.

  20. It took 36,000 workers to construct the palace and its gardens.

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