The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 (under Louis XIV) until the start of the French Revolution in 1789 (under Louis XVI). From the 19th century onwards, the Estate of Versailles has become a museum spreading more than 800 hectares, composed of the Palace, the Gardens, the Park, the Trianon estate and several other historic buildings.
Containing over 60,000 works illustrating 5 centuries of French History, the collections at the Palace of Versailles span a very broad period. The collections reflect the dual identity of the Palace, as both a palace occupied by the kings of France and the royal court, and later a museum “dedicated to the glories of France,” inaugurated by Louis-Philippe in 1837.
Located only 20 kilometres southwest of the centre of Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a popular attraction for travelers to Paris.