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Versailles' Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors reflects the height of French prosperity under Louis XIV.

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Moving in a clockwise direction from the central arch on the east side, follow the story of Louis XIV’s reign in the paintings by Le Brun.

More than a passageway

In the grand scheme of the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors was often described as a passageway, serving as a meeting or waiting place for the courtiers and public. Fast forward to now and we see it as an attraction in itself, awesomely embellished with gilt, chandeliers, and of course the 357 mirrors that decorate its arches, attesting to the French technical skill of the time.

The entire 73 metre length of the Gallery was designed to mirror the political, economic and artistic success of France under the reign of Louis XIV. His achievements over eighteen years on the throne are documented in thirty compositions by Charles Le Brun, who was the chief artist of 'Louis XIV style.' Military victories and even monarchic reform are portrayed by elaborate allegories. And of course, the mirrors, which were a luxury item at the time, were really a jibe at the monopoly on production held in Venice. Le Brun showed off further artistic prowess: marble pilasters are decorated with ornate gilt representations of national emblems, a fleur de lys topped by a royal sun between two French cockerels.


A place for all kinds of ceremony

The hall was even used for ball games on the occasion of princely weddings. On formal occasions, the throne would be installed on a podium at the end of the gallery and the king would demand that the visiting powers walk its length - the doge of Genoa in 1685 and the ambassadors of Siam, Persia and the Ottoman Empire on different occasions had to do so, intimidated by the pomp and splendour of their surroundings.

It was also here that the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28th June 1919, which marked the end of the First World War.


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Versailles' Royal Chapel
This extraordinary two-level palatine chapel is one of many delights to be found at the Palace of Versailles.
Versailles Gardens
These gardens are a feat to match the palace's interiors, designed by King Louis XIV's royal gardener.
Seine River Cruise
Get delighted with the magnificent views of the city along the Seine River, on board the Bateaux Mouches.
Royal Apartments
Inside Versailles Palace, the Royal apartments were not only a place for rest but also the setting for important Palace ceremonies.
Versailles Palace
Located about 20 kilometres southwest of the centre of Paris, 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.

Related Tours

Private Grandiose Versailles Tour with hotel pick up: Baroque Palace and Beautiful Gardens
Soak in the splendour, architecture, and culture of Versailles on our Grandiose Versailles Tour.

  • Visit an unmissable UNESCO world heritage sight.
  • Learn about the palace's  impressive Baroque architecture.
  • Peruse  extensive works of art and period furniture that fill the palace.
  • See the Royal Chapel,  Hall of Mirrors, and  King's Grand Apartments.
  • Relax and take in the awesome beauty of Versailles Park.
Splendour and Tragedy

When visiting Paris, the Palace of Versailles should absolutely be at the top of your to-do list.  It is one of France’s most visited attractions and a UNESCO world heritage sight,  This fantastic tour of Versailles will introduce you to the splendour and tragedy that surrounds one of the most enigmatic, and indeed largest royal palaces in the world. Here you will witness the beautiful achievements of 18th century French art that remained symbols of absolute monarchy for more than a century.

Baroque at Its Finest 

As we explore this supreme symbol of royal power, your expert local guide will introduce you to the impressive Baroque architecture, extensive works of art, and period furniture that fills the palace. You will discover the most famous parts of the Palace, such as Versailles' Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, and the King's Grand Apartments. 

After exploring the decadent interior you will be pleased to have a chance to relax and take in the awesome beauty of Versailles Park - the grandest example of classical French landscaping anywhere in France, and indeed the world.  Strewn with many beautiful statues and colossal fountains, the park and its Grand Canal will be sure to leave you awestruck. After your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to further explore the expansive grounds at your own pace. 
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