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Versailles is the name for both city and a prestigious French palace. Versailles the city is famous for being the former French capital for over a century, between 1682 and 1789. It is a city of inspiration which is associated in the artistic scene to names like: Phoenix, Air or Daft Punk. The palace of Versailles is the place where the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the end of World War I. This French architectural wonder has developed from a modest hunting lodge into one of the most elegant, noble and incredible sites in France.
The city Versailles is not as influential as it used to be in the past. It is a wealthy suburb situated in the West side of the capital, Paris. At a distance of 17, 1 kilometer (10, 6 miles) from the center of Paris, the commune Versailles represents the administrative seat of the Yvelines department. It can be described as a typically French, where one can admire the architecture of small churches and go explore the alignment of small shops. Versailles is a spot of piece and quiet where one can enjoy the true French flair.
The Chateau de Versailles, as the French call the prestigious palace with the same name is situated in the Île-de-France region of France. Taking a tour around the palace will offer you an insight of the rich lifestyle of the French royalty. You will get to admire the King’s Private Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the opera hall. You can walk and breathe the aristocratic allure in the Gardens of Versailles and learn more in the Museum of History of France. The Versailles offers you a special audioguide tour, available in several languages, so that you are presented the great historical and cultural importance of this amazing edifice. If you take a ride on the mini-train, this will help you observe and get a better overview of the Versailles grounds.
Versailles is a name which made history. Whether you want to visit the former capital of the French and enjoy its traditional aspect or the magnificent palace that will take your breathe away, Versailles is one incredible destination.