Versailles : Marie Antoinette’s Chateau, the Petit Trianon (via The Swelle Life)
30 Day Royal Challenge - Day 1: Post a picture of your favorite royal residence.
The Palace of Versailles
“ In the 1670s Louis XIV built the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, whose most emblematic achievement is the Hall of Mirrors designed by Mansart, where the king put on his most ostentatious display of royal power in order to impress visitors. The Chapel and Opera were built in the next century under Louis XV.
The château lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France, which was founded at the behest of Louis-Philippe, who ascended to the throne in 1830. That is when many of the château’s rooms were taken over to house the new collections, which were added to until the early 20th century, tracing milestones in French history.”
Detail from Marie Antoinette Cabinet of the Meridian in Versailles Palace
© EPV/ Thomas Garnier
XMas At Versailles
France’s Palace of Versailles, Marie-Antoinette’s little chateau in France.
The hall of mirrors, taken in 1857 during a visit from Queen Victoria.