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Reviewed August 21, 2015

If ever there was proof of the evil that can be done by someone who believes himself to deserve extreme opulence, this is it. The chateau is a monument to ego, especially to that of Louis XIV, who billed himself as the Sun King. Well, the sun was not shining on the millions of French peasants who could have benefited from public works, rather than meaningless extravagance. I was reminded of the Romanian dictator Ceaucescu's Bucharest palace. The whole of Versailles is just over the top, and you almost have to see it to believe it. The climate created by something like the construction and maintenance of Versailles directly led to the French Revolution, and though Louis XVI had little to do with its creation, he paid the ultimate price.

1  Thank James C
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Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great visit and nice to see. We decided to make this our first stop for our Paris trip, not sure I would do it again, but it was nice to see. The gardens are vast and nice to see. A nice day away from the city. Worth visiting

Thank John C
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

We bought the guided tour through the palace website for 7 euros each and it made all the difference. The tour guide really took us to special places where no one else could go and gave us a tremendous amount of information about the treasures in Versailles and all the amazing stories of the palace. It was a superb tour. Highly recommend it!

3  Thank Mariela A
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

I will give this a 4 star rating for the gardens alone. There is queues for the tickets but if your paying by card they have 6 ticket machines inside the ticket office which is not readily advertised. It cost 25euro for the whole place. 15euro just for the palace and i think 8euro just for the gardens. I would definitely go back to see more of the garden, but wouldnt bother with the rest. We visited on a very busy day and were confronted with big lines to get into the palace. We decided to go straight to the gardens first and were not disappointed. They are absolutely beautiful and worth coming here just to see them. We found an elderly couple at the train station and we all come together. HE had difficulty walking around the 7 hectares so i would recommend paying for the golf cart if you have an walking impairment or have young children as there is quite alot to see. After the garden we went to join the queue for the palace. We waited for well over an hour to get in and were very disappointed. The audio equipment didn't work, there were soo mant people that you were basically just hearded through each room without having a good chance to take it in or appreciate it. there were many staff sitting in each room but none were particularly helpful or willing to give out any information. Most of the rooms all look the same just in different colours. The hall of mirrors did not live up to the hype. Alot of the rooms were empty and it didnt seem to really be preserved or kept so you could picture what it was like when in use. Marie Antoinettes chateau didnt open until 12pm which they dont openly tell you about. It had sparse furnishings in and although good to see to get an idea of it, it also was a little dissapointing.

1  Thank Tanya W
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

A must see while in Paris! Opulence extraordinaire! Over the top secular version of the Sistine Chapel! Historical lesson at its finest! These are the thoughts that come to mind when describing this palace.

Thank Adrienne W
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