I’m loving KNYCX’s world jaunts! The last time I reblogged him, he was rubbing shoulders with Inca ghosts at Macchu Pichu, and I also found his trip to Amsterdam illuminating. Now the travel blogger takes us to the inimitable Palace of Versailles, one of the most ostentatious cribs in world history, built by Louis XIV (the “Sun King”) in the 17th century. This is a great mix of art, photography and travel advice. I always love seeing blogs like this, and as I don’t get to travel as much as I used to, it’s something of a vicarious experience for me.

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Versailles 1Paris embraces art like nowhere else on earth – every artist travel to Paris and they get inspired by the artistic atmosphere. There are numerous museums, music halls, opera houses, galleries, and art centers in the city, and it’s a paradise for art lovers just to explore the array of exhibitions, concerts, opera, live shows that take place all year round.

Last time when I was in town (again), I finally visited Versailles, the historic palace that is located merely 45 minutes away from the city center, and I found it was an art pilgrimage long overdue. I guessed I have been focusing so much on the city until I realized the exuberant aesthetics that the historic palace has to offer.

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Why visit Versailles

Beauty. Versailles is a masterpiece of French Baroque architecture in the 17th century. The palace and gardens are the references of many other palaces across Europe, like the Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, The Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg, and Herrenchiemsee in Munich. These palaces have all shown admirations of Versailles, yet these replicas still couldn’t quite capture the essence and grandeur of Versailles uniquely possess. It was not just about the architecture, but also the ambiance and originality that makes the site so special and unique.

The palace, the artifacts, the interior, and the chandeliers are simply exquisite and are mindfully displayed in each room. The gardens of Versailles is a celebration of art – the side of the pathways are lined with bushes and trees that are perfectly trimmed and pruned; and the courtyards are decorated with fountains, flowers, and sculptures.

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History. Versailles is a place that witnesses the ups and downs of the country. Versailles became officially the seat of the government of the kingdom of France in 1682, and home of the French King Louis XIV. The “Sun King” (Le Roi Soleil) greatly augmented French influence in the world and made his kingdom one of the greatest power in Europe in his reign of more than 72 years.

Versailles 17Unfortunately, the later (and last) King of France Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette squandered the country’s wealth on hosting, not limited to masquerades and grand balls, but also gambling, operas, fireworks, and light shows…, which may be impressive at first, but later it led to a financial crisis and the French Revolution, and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was guillotined eventually during the French revolution…

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