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Versailles, just 21 km southwest of Paris, is best known as the site of the ostentatious Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by Louis the XIV out of a humble hunting lodge. The majesty and gilt of the hall of mirrors and the manicured perfection of the gardens has been the backdrop for numerous historical epochs. As the seat of the royal court of France from 1682 to 1789, it became the symbol of royal excess from which Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were dragged and carried to their executions in the French Revolution. Later, the world was shaped in the Hall of Mirrors, which saw both the proclamation creating the German Empire and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (ending WWI). It’s best to visit early in the day to avoid crowds. The rest of the city, should you choose to visit, is accessible by bus and on foot, and has a scattering of historic locations, including the king’s vegetable garden (Portager du Roi) and good restaurants, although the Palace is by far the most alluring attraction.


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