The Sun King used the best architects of his day to construct these imposing and magnificent buildings, which have become the reference point for the whole of Europe. Countless painters hired by Louis XIV for the Palace decor have left unforgettable masterpieces, including the ceilings in the King's Grand Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors which never cease to astonish and amaze us.

Forming the backdrop to the sovereign's public life, these rooms expressed his power and added to his prestige, while hosting numerous festivities. The Louis XIV decor must not blind us, however, to the exquisite refinement of the panelling and furnishings of the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods, which can be seen in the 18th century royal and princely apartments.

Explore the history and magnificence of the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

You will be dazzled by the beauty of Versailles on your arrival. Welcomed by the benevolent gaze of Louis XIV gazing down from his bronze statue, you go through the immense Gate of Honour. During your visit, discover the splendour of the Royal Chapel before entering the ceremonial Grand Apartments that reflect the power of the king.

Measuring 73 metres long, 10.5 metres wide and 12.3 metres high, the Hall of Mirrors with its 17 windows and 357 mirrors will leave you stunned. It is the absolute symbol of the French monarchy and shows the incredible skill of the craftsmen and painters who made it unique in the world.

Exhibitions and shows

 

Do not miss the many exhibitions and shows that take place at the Palace of Versaillles. The exhibitions that take place in the Palace are included in the entrance ticket.

Explore the treasures of the Palace of Versailles:

  • At your own speed with an audio guide that comes with your ticket or 1 or 2-day Passport
  • With a tour guide who will show you the best parts of the Palace

Discover how the Palace evolved in a video:

Useful information:

The Palace of Versailles is open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

Open from 9 am to 6 pm between March and October and from 9 am to 5 pm between November and March.

If you want to visit on busy days (Tuesdays and weekends), we recommend that you arrive with your ticket when the Palace opens.

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