The Palace Of Versailles And Louis Xiv Essay

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The Palace of Versailles is a chateau that housed the French government, most importantly its royalty, during the reigns of Louis XIV (known as the “Sun King” of France), Louis XV and Louis XVI. Built beside the settlement of Versailles, the Palace of Versailles is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Paris. Before the construction of the palace by Louis XIV, the settlement of Versailles was only a small hamlet, but when the revolution began it had become much bigger, with a population of more than 60,000 people. During this time, it was one of the largest urban centers in France. Before the revolution, the Versailles complex included the palace, gardens, hunting ground for the royals, a smaller chateau structure known as the Grand (or Marble) Trianon and the Petit Trianon. Between the palace and the town there are also buildings that were used as ministries for war and foreign affairs. These residencies were used for people who did not have high enough titles, so they could not live in the palace, stables, or kennel. Versailles stopped being a permanent royal residence after the French Revolution in 1789. Because of its connection to French royalty and power, Versailles is one of the grandest structures in the world that symbolizes European absolutism.
Before the sixteenth century, the land around Versailles was a perfect territory for hunting. The first thing that attracted France’s kings to Versailles was its large amount and variety of hunting game. Louis…

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