During the 17th and 18th centuries, all eyes were on Versailles. Arts developing there became a model for French provinces as well as Europe. French was then the official language for culture and diplomacy. Clothing fashion was adopted everywhere, and the policy conducted by the King held the whole Europe's attention. Scientists and artists from everywhere converged towards Versailles, convinced to find the attention they deserved, and contributing to France's influence

This influence did not stop with the Ancien Régime, as the events of 1789 took place in Versailles (the famous Tennis Court Oath, the abolition of censorship, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens). All these events are still evoked in the numerous sites that you can visit in the historic areas of the city.

At the end of the 19th century, Versailles became the seat of government again. The prefecture -which became the Presidential Palace- and the congress room -still in use in the Palace of Versailles- are both evidence of this glorious episode. At the same time, King of Prussia decided to be crowned emperor of Germany in the Hall of Mirrors, impressed by the prestige of the Sun King Louis XIV... This decisive act for German unity was the origin of another world event that happened in Versailles : the 1919 eponymous treaty that ended World War I.

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