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The Hall of Mirrors

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The Hall of Mirrors

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Chateau de Versailles, 78000, Versailles France
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Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show & Pickup from Paris

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The Palace of Versailles is a legendary 17th-century royal residence, home to France’s extravagant monarchs until the French Revolution. On this exclusive guided tour, you skip past the crowds with your small group and enjoy exclusive access to the ornate 700-room complex—including the world-famous Hall of Mirrors—along with time to see the stunning gardens.
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Dimitris L wrote a review Oct 15
Sydney, Australia14,892 contributions55,165 helpful votes
The Hall of Mirrors is the jewel in the crown of the Palace of Versailles. It was meant to make a strong statement about the god-given power of the King, Louis XIV, who was responsible for the building of the Palace. The Hall of Mirrors is also famous for being the site where several important historical events have taken place, one of them being the Proclamation of the German Empire in 1871, after the German states had defeated France in the Franco-Prussian War, and another the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I, in 1919.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Vanessa P wrote a review Aug 2020
Calgary, Canada1,046 contributions310 helpful votes
The Hall of Mirrors is a grand Baroque style gallery and one of the most emblematic rooms in the royal Palace of Versailles. The salons in the castle were intended to illustrate the power of the absolutist monarch Louis XIV. It worked! You can only imaged how powerful he must be on his time.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Vadim wrote a review May 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,560 contributions2,029 helpful votes
The mirror gallery was called the Great under Louis. This name is received only in the XIX century. This is the most striking part of Versailles, built from 1678 to 1684. In fact, the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart made a terrace covered with a vault, turning 17 windows of the gallery into a Park. In front of each window, the attic installed mirrors. The visitor's view of the Park returns to the mirror, which reflects the Park and the sky, creating a game of infinite perspectives - real and imaginary-reflected. Marble between mirrors doesn`t allow you to focus on the boundaries of space, creating the illusion of disappearing walls. Unfortunately, only the Palace staff can fully enjoy it. At normal times, a dense line of tourists moves along the gallery. I've only seen something like this in the Vatican museums and in the Moscow and Tokyo metro during rush hours. Nevertheless, take a look at the once magnificent, but now darkened mirrors that were supposed to demonstrate their superiority over the founders of the genre-Venetian mirrors. Mirrors were made at the manufactory founded by Minister Colbert. Given that it is constantly crowded with foreign nobility, the Mirror gallery is actually a showroom of the French luxury goods industry, the baton of which is carried by Mr. Arnaud with his concern Louis Vuitton. Lift your head up and look at the magnificent plafonds by Charles Le Brun, dedicated to the real, but mostly imaginary merits of Louis XIV. The 73-meter gallery has witnessed many historical events, of which two are world-wide. January 8, 1871 William I was proclaimed German Emperor here. This marked the end of German unification, which was hindered by France, which had lost the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871. Here, on June 28, 1919, the Versailles peace Treaty was signed, returning Alsace and Lorraine to France, ending world war I, but creating, alas, the conditions for a more bloody world war II.
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Date of experience: June 2019
WanderingWithUsTwo wrote a review May 2020
Phoenix, Arizona406 contributions51 helpful votes
This trip to Versailles was booked through a tour bus called Paris City Vision. They offer daily half-day trips for about 54 USD per person which includes your transportation and entrance ticket. Initially we did not think a half day would be sufficient but due to most of the gardens being closed for winter we found it was a reasonable amount of time. Versailles is very large with several corridors that focus on different areas of the history of the property. Upon entering and going through security you can receive an automated tour device that can tell you more about the exhibits you’re looking at by entering in the number displayed and listening on it like a cell phone. You can also bring headphones to attach to this, which we weren’t aware of, that would have made things easier to listen hands-free. Much like our experience at the Louvre we noticed that many people just wanted to go in and see the main areas to photograph so it seemed much less crowded and often times we found ourselves to be the only ones in a hallway or room. Obviously the most popular place here inside is the hall of mirrors so we suggest going there and waiting for it to clear out a bit if you want a good picture. Since many tour groups go through here you’ll find there are waves of people going through so if you’re patient you can get a shot with not as many people in it. Overall, we found this to be enjoyable given the circumstances but definitely want to come back in the summer to take full advantage of the gardens! - @wanderingwithustwo
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Nick D wrote a review Apr 2020
Calgary, Canada1,317 contributions483 helpful votes
it is almost impossible to descibe what is the most impressive part of one of the most impressive palaces in the world. However, the size, the elegance, the crystal chandeliers, the magnificent flooring, ceiling!, the gold, and the light make this the place that stands out even in a palace such as Versailles. It is worth getting there early and spending time before the huge crowds arrive.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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