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Destination Guide

One of the most beautiful, lavish locations in all of France - Trianon Palace Versailles, the former playground of Louis XIV, is famous for the emphasis it places on luxury and style.

Originally the domain of the Sun King, the Palace of Versailles began as Louis XIV's private house before later developing into the central political center in France. Now, it has developed into an affluent, cultural suburb of Paris. Still politically vibrant, the Fifth Republic has been keenly promoted as one of the most significant tourist attractions in France. The Chateau de Versailles Spectacles has recently begun to exhibit contemporary art, including work from artist Jeff Koons, creating a confrontation between the heritage setting and contemporary works.

Versailles' primary cultural attraction is the Palace, with ornately decorated rooms and historic significance. An affluent Parisienne suburb, the area has strong links to the rebirth in Paris music - with links to groups such as Phoenix, Air and Daft Punk - and legendary art-house director Michel Gondry.

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The estate of the Sun King, the town of Versailles will captivate you with its blend of rural charm and regal history. Moments from the Trianon Palace, you can enjoy breathtaking Classical architecture, sprawling gardens and majestic fountains.

Set in the estate of the Sun King, Versailles is a beautifully exclusive suburb of Paris. Linked to the center of Paris by a number of regular train lines, this chic suburb has maintained its bourgeois atmosphere since the Ancien Regime. Sitting just 10 miles from central Paris, it's grid-like street pattern served as the model for Washington D.C.

Visit the astonishing gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, the former unofficial French capital. Only 10 miles from central Paris, enjoy excellent travel links and stay well connected to Paris' main attractions. The suburb is served by the Versailles-Chantiers station on Paris RER line C of the Transilien Paris-Montparnasse suburban rail line, and on several national rail lines, including the TGV service.

Visit the Eglise Notre Dame, a beautiful, historic church in Versailles' busiest Street, used as inspiration in the Disney adaption of Hunchback of Notre Dame. Its reverent atmosphere and beautiful architecture make it a must-visit when in Versailles.

Purchase a day ticket to gain admission for the Versailles museum, chapel, galleries and state apartments. There are several train lines which connect Versailles with downtown Paris.

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