July 12, 2014
Last day in Paris. The weather can’t be better. Warm and sunny.
Today I went to the Palace of Versailles. There’re so many people there. I guess maybe because it is Saturday. We stayed in the line for an hour. But when we get inside. It is so amazing. It made me feel that all the time we wait was worth. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Former Regime.
In the 19th century the Museum of the History of France was founded in Versailles, at the behest of Louis-Philippe I, who ascended to the throne in 1830. The collections display painted, sculpted, drawn and engraved images illustrating events or personalities of the history of France since its inception. The museum occupies the lateral wings of the Palace. Most of the paintings date back to the 19th century and have been created specially for the museum by major painters of the time but there are also much older artworks, which retrace French History.
The Gardens of Versailles occupy part of what was once the Domain royal de Versailles, the royal demesne of the castle of Versailles. Situated to the west of the palace, the gardens cover some 800 hectares of land. Beyond the surrounding belt of woodland, the gardens are bordered by the urban areas of Versailles to the east and Le Chesney to the northeast, the Versailles plain to the west, and by the Satory Forest to the south.
We will head to Amsterdam tomorrow. I am really looking forward to see if it is better than Paris.