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Thursday, June 30, 2011

How Marie-Antoinette influenced the Palace of Versailles

A corner of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace ...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Travel Guru

The Palace of Versailles is one of the unmissable attractions in Paris. It is a palace that was built as a royal hunting lodge and the Palace of Versailles is forever linked to Queen Marie-Antoinette. When Marie-Antoinette married the Dauphin Louis-Auguste, the future King Louis XVI, the Austrian royal was only fifteen years old.
Marie- Antoinette moved to Versailles where she would enjoy most of her French life until her death in the French Revolution. She was notorious for her fashion and extravagant parties and the suites in the Palace of Versailles still reflect this.

A tour of the Palace of Versailles shows many beautiful rooms that reflect the brilliance of the Royal hay-days. The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles is also known as The Grande Gallerie: though it served as merely a waiting room in daily life, it was deemed nice enough to hold the masked ball for Marie-Antoinette and Louis's wedding.
When visiting the Palace of Versailles also visit the Queen's Apartment where you can see many brilliant rooms, one of them the Grand Couvert where the King and Queen had public meals. Marie-Antoinette deemed these events very boring and demanded that music would be played at all times: thus you can find a stage in the room for the musicians.
The Gilded Study is the room in which Marie-Antoinette would keep friends and her children at the Palace of Versailles. It is named this way because of all the gold leaf that decorates the walls and the furniture.
Marie-Antoinette also got her own palace from the King, Petit Trianon where she could retreat from the Palace of Versailles. Petit Trianon is surrounded by lushes green gardens and really carries the signs of its owner.
The Grand Staircase has the abbreviation MA in its ironwork rather than the Kings initials and the First Floor has the Queens livingroom where all the legendary events were celebrated.
These rooms are just the tip of the iceberg of the richness of Versailles; do take your time when you tour the Palace of Versailles and imagine to live like a King in France!
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