Tips for a non-touristy visit to Versailles; Mary Winston Nicklin; CNN

France – Palace and Park of Versailles

Are you planning a visit to Versailles? Follow these tips on seeing France’s most famous palace, dripping with luxury and history.

(CNN) — Is there a palace anywhere in the world as famous as the Château de Versailles

Dripping with gilt and marble, the colossal palace was the singular vision of Louis XIV, aka the almighty Sun King, whose lavish, lusty lifestyle mirrored his global ambitions for France in the 17th century. The monarch recruited the finest craftsmen of the day for his Pharaonic project: transforming his father’s simple hunting lodge into a party pad to house the 6,000-person royal court. The numbers are dizzying: 700 rooms, 27 acres of roof, 67 staircases.

Landscape architect André Le Nôtre literally moved mountains to create the endless perspective of gardens.

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