A Versailles Castle visit is a must thing to do during a stay in Paris !
Enjoy a day tour from Paris to escape you coming back at the 17th century, under the reign of Le Roi Soleil, Louis XIV thanks to your Paris concierge service and the knowledge of a private guide.
For the small history, Versailles became more popular during the reing of King Louis XIII (the father of Louis XIV) who loved hunting in the forests surrounding the area. At the beginning of the century he built a small lodge in order to spend the night there. The building of the palace as we now know it has been ordered by King Louis XIV, with new buildings (by Louis le Vau) and gardens (by Andre Le Notre) which made Versailles known throughout Europe. Louis XIV decided to make Versailles his permanent residence, so he asked Le Vau to again draw up plans for a bigger palace, in order to accommodate him and his court and ministers. When Versailles became the official residence of the King of France, it was also the center of France until the French Revolution (1789), when the King and his court were forced to return to Paris by the people, and the palace became vacant. After which time the palace became a museum dedicated to all the Glories of France, and thus the palace and its beautiful gardens were preserved for us.
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Nowadays we can visit the palace and about 120 of its magnificent rooms, and the Historical Galleries as well as the beautiful gardens with the Grand Trianons and Marie Antoinette’s Estate. Some very exclusive visits can be planned to fully be immersed in this period of France History: an exceptional visit, out of hours public opening and escorted by a professional licensed guide of the Castle. Beginning by a personalized welcome with access to the Court of Honor in vehicle. The private tour could also be concluded with a glass of champagne or any other services you may need, you just have to ask.Galerie des glacesversailles-by-night
Also few days ago, Chef Alain Ducasse opened his new restaurant inside the castle enclosure in the Pavilion Dufour “Ore”. An unforgettable experience in a magical place, with two universes to discover at the different times of the day. By day, the Ore restaurant is a stylish contemporary café open to everyone. It offers a framework and an exceptional view to take a break and eat during the opening hours of the castle. The menu, the classic of French cuisine by Chef Ducasse but also light and quick dishes for snacks, desserts and gourmet pastries. By night, Ore restaurant turns into an exceptional table. As the castle empties of its visitors, the restaurant becomes the stage for sumptuous dinners to exclusive events for an unforgettable experience. And Alain Ducasse doesn’t stop there, after huge upgrade works he will open a hotel still inside the castle… The next address very expected but not before two years.
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