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Paris Versailles

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It is worth to spend a day in Versails . This is very easy to reach by train . The most common and easy way to get to Versailles is toย take the RER C train that will take you to Chateau rive Gauche train station at Versailles.ย  The palace contains about 2300 rooms . Since 1979, the Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII’s old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.

In 1789, the French Revolution forced Louis XVI to leave Versailles for Paris. The Palace would never again be a royal residence and a new role was assigned to it in the 19th century, when it became the Museum of the History of France in 1837 by order of King Louis-Philippe, who came to the throne in 1830. The rooms of the Palace were then devoted to housing new collections of paintings and sculptures representing great figures and important events that had marked the History of France. These collections continued to be expanded until the early 20th century at which time, under the influence of its most eminent curator, Pierre de Nolhac, the Palace rediscovered its historical role when the whole central part was restored to the appearance it had had as a royal residence during the Ancien Rรฉgime.

After visiting the Palace, move outside to explore the gardens, where, on Musical Fountain Show days, the water features are in operation from 11.00 am to 12.00 and then again from 3.30 to 5.00 pm. This is also a good time to discover the magnificent groves, which are opened specially and feature musical displays between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm. Some of the groves are also open and feature music on Musical Gardens days. On these occasions, only the water features of the Mirror Pool7 minutes every 10 minutes from 10am to 7pm, Neptune Fountain5 minutes every 15 minutes from 10am to 6.45pm and the Water Theatre GroveFrom 10 am to 7 pm are in operation.

Next, head for the Estate of Trianon, which opens at 12.00 (10am in July and August) and can be reached by the little train โ€“ the nearest stop to hop on is the Grand Canal or the Water Parterre (see the map for other stops). You can explore the Estate at your own pace or join a guided tour (can be booked online). Afterwards, youโ€™ll have earned a break on the terrace of Angelina, located at the exit from the Petit Trianon.Donโ€™t forget to make it back to the gardens in time (by taking the little train, for example) to enjoy the magnificent finale of the water display at the Neptune Fountain, from 5.20 to 5.30 pm.