Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Versailles - the Hall of Mirrors, France


Postmarked Sceaux, dated 2 August 1964.

Palais de Versailles
Galerie des Galces, créée en 1680 par Mansard et Le Brun,
75 m de long sur 10,50 de large.
Gallery of Mirrors, created in 1680 by Manserd and Le Brun.
82 yards on 11 yards 50.

The Palace of Versailles, a magical place, a place to take your breath away when you first see it.  Once I lived not very far away, I saw it frequently and it continued to take my breath away.  It still does.

The Hall of Mirrors in the State Apartments is possibly the most well known feature of Versailles though not my own personal favourite (I love the gardens but I'll save that for another day).  It is considered to be most beautiful because of the reflections of the mirrors opposite the windows.  The Treaty of Versailles which officially ended World War I was signed in the room.

If you want a real treat, visit the Versailles website.  It is wonderful although the navigation is a little erratic.                                                                               

12 comments:

  1. Can't wait for the gardens. I went there once on a coach tour and, because we were short of time, we didn't wait in the queue to go inside but wandered round the gardens, which were magical.

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  2. I love that place. I went there seven years ago it is all so beautiful. I have my picture somewhere. Thanks for sharing that found you on EC

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  3. Beautiful as always Sheila.

    You have an award waiting for you on my blog.

    Jodi

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  4. I was fortunate enough to see this in person. A not to be missed stop if you're in the Paris area.

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  5. That's gorgeous. I'd love to visit in person one day.

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  6. I would so love to be able to see this. What a magnificent picture.

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  7. @jakill, I'm planning a visit in March to see the fountains in action. I'll come back armed with every card imaginable!

    Those of you who haven't been, if you ever get a chance, you won't regret it. I'd aim for off-season though.

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  8. That's awesome! I*d love to go to Paris, if i go i may not come back :)

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  9. I hope to find time to visit this awesome place, and the Garden..Thanks

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  10. Unforgettable.......I went there about 4 years ago. Magnificent.

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  11. It is indeed the most magical place.

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