While walking through the astonishing palace, dazzling fountains and huge gardens, one couldn’t help to wonder what are the most interesting things to remember about this place. Here is what I found out:
- The Palace of Versailles started as a hunting lodge built by Louis XIII in 1623. It was expanded into a royal palace by Louis XIV around 1661 and completed around 1715.
- Versailles’s historic interest attracts as much as 30.000 tourists a day.
- It’s world’s largest royal domain as measured by the total area of the property. Versailles’s grounds cover 8,150,265 m2, or 2,014 acres, including 230 acres of gardens. The palace itself contains 67,002 m2 of floorspace.
- King Louis XIV enjoyed being in the centre of everything and made his life a spectacle with the French nobles being in attendance from the moment he was waking up until going to sleep.
- The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the palace is the place where the Treaty of Versailles was signed which ended the World War I. It has 357 Venetian mirrors which were dimly lit to protect the art on the walls and ceiling. The mirrors would reflect this light thus illuminating the whole palace.
- In those times, Venice had a monopoly on mirror making. Some artisans were attracted to France.
- The Venetians ordered the assassination of these artisans for giving away the secrets.
- All the construction materials used in building and decorating the palace were sourced from France.
- One symbol of luxury and decadence were the chamber pots made of silver.
- During Louis XIV wars these pots were melted to fund his army.