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Lat: 48° 48' 19" N
Long: 2° 8' 6" E
Versailles is the 43rd largest city of France.
It is the capital (Prefecture) of the Departement Yvelines.
The city is sourrounded by forests
and the spectacular Parc of the Versailes Castle.
The city is located 19 km south west of Paris.
Versailles is divided into 3 cantons:
The roots Versailles go back to 1038
when the name of the village
was mentioned the first time.
1610 Henry de Gondi invites the joung King Louis XIII to hunt in the forest of Versailles.
1622 King Louis XIII decides to buy some land in Versailles
to organise his own hunt, followed by the construction of a "Gentleman´s Chateau" .
1638 was born Louis XIV
1661 Louis XIV asked the the Landscape Designer Le Notre and the Architect Le Vau
to transform his fathers castle.
1682 May 6 the Court and Government of France
were permanently established in Versailles.
Francois de Villeroy and his sister Catherine de Villeroy
that had grown up at the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris
(home of the Phone Book of the World)
and that were childhood friends of Louis XIV
move to the castle.
Today the Chateau de Versailles is one of the World´s major Tourist attractions.
The Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart
containes 357 mirrors.
The Galerie de Batailles host prestigeos receptions
like the Galas organised by Prince Edouard de Lobkowicz
The Gardens cover 800 hectars. They contain the Grand Trianon
and the Petit Trianon. There are 55 water Bassins like the
Bassin dÁppolon or the Bassin de Latone
and 372 statues.
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