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The Château de Versailles: From The Seat of Power to The Museum Of The History of France

The Palace of Versailles, also know as The Château de Versailles, began as King Louis XIII’s hunting lodge. It is now considered one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art.

The son of King Louis XIII, Louis XIV, expanded the palace and moved the government and the court to Versailles in 1682. The improvements continued until the French Revolution, when the château “lost its standing as the official seat of power.” In the 19th century the château became the Museum of the history of France.

Thanks to the Google Cultural Institute, we can now tour these amazing grounds.

Versailles after the French Revolution

From gardens to Trianon palaces


Still curious? Check out the official Château de Versailles website. If you use Google’s browser, Chrome, you can also take an interactive stroll around the palace.