Essay on The Palace Of Versailles

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The Palace Of Versailles

In order to understand the Palace at Versailles, one should be aware of the Architectural Analysis, the History of the Chateau, the Main Palace Buildings and Rooms, and the purpose of the Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is located at Versailles, France, and was built in 1631 in the order of Louis XIII. It has served as the royal palace and numerous other purposes.It now serves as a museum of French history. It has earned the name “Chateau” which in French means, “Castle”.

When the Chateau was first constructed in 1623, it was constructed as a hunting lodge made of brick, stone, and slate (3-1 Internet 3). When the New Chateau was constructed around 1631 and it was decorated in the
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The Chateau of Versailles is very rich in history. The land that was selected for the estate was hand picked by no other than the King. The King had a strong passion for hunting and the surrounding woods gave the King a superb place to hunt and practice falconry (Internet 2). The King hated the city of Paris all together. He hated the way it smelled, he hated the way it looked, and he even hated the way it sounded, so he found a place not so far from the city, that would provide him a place to hunt and to work on official royal business (Internet 6).

The Construction of the Chateau of Versailles took from 1631-1774 to complete. The Chateau changed many times over the reigns, for the new Kings had new taste and new needs for the palace. Louis XIII transformed and enlarged the first castle from 1631 to 1634 (pg. 320, Encyclopedia Americana). The new King, Louie XIV, decided to recreate Versailles as a nearby castle, Le Vaux-le –Vicomte. There were many architects around the palace but only a few were important. Le Notre was the landscape Architect who worked with Le Vau the architect on the exterior of the palace (Internet 3). Le Brun was the painter who devoted his time to the embellishment of the interior of Versailles with the help of Le Vau (Internet 3).

The palace had many rooms and buildings but only a selected few were important. The palace buildings were important enough so that the king would only select a few to use for

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