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Aug 11, 2019 · The Palace of Versailles was originally constructed in 1624 as a simple, two-story hunting lodge. King Louis XIV, the Sun King, spent nearly 50 years expanding the palace, and in1682, he moved both the royal residence and French seat of government to Versailles.
Louis XVI’s reign will forever be associated with the outbreak of the French Revolution and the end of Versailles’ royal era. Upon coming to the throne in 1774, Louis XVI inherited a kingdom beset with serious problems. In 1789, faced with a grave financial crisis, the king summoned a meeting of the Estates General at the palace. Later that year, ceding to popular pressure, Louis XVI and ...
This tour combines trips to two of the most notable attractions within driving distance of Paris: Claude Monet’s estate at Giverny and the famously extravagant Palace of Versailles. Learn about two different chapters from French history – the Baroque-era excess of Versailles and the hugely influential Impressionist art movement.
Interesting Facts about the Women's March on Versailles. Many of the soldiers in the National Guard sided with the women marchers. The Palace of Versailles was located around 12 miles southwest of Paris. Future leaders of the French Revolution met with the marchers at the palace including Robespierre and Mirabeau.