Paris' Versailles

The Royal Tour

Paris' Versailles is perhaps the most opulent, golden palace in the world. Just a brief look from the outside shows the golden decorations.

Built for Louis XIV, the Sun King, in 1661, Versailles has more than 2300 rooms, although only 100 or so are open as part of tours.

One of the highlights is the royal chapel, although it is only visible from the outside. You can see the gold and painted decorations that are present in pretty much every room of the palace.

This is Marie Antoinette's bedchamber, heavily adorned in gold and flowers.

The most impressive room in Versailles is the Hall of Mirrors. Originally a patio, the room was used for state occasions, and is where the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

Though it requires a separate admission, make sure to visit the gardens as well. Latona's Fountain is shown here, with the palace visible behind.

Make sure to click the link below to read all about Versailles, Louis XIV, and this obelisk in honor of Napoleon!