A trip to France will not be complete without a visit to the Palace of Versailles.
It’s the second most visited structure in France after the Louvre. The Eiffel Tower comes in third.
The Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site had 7.7 million visitors in 2017.
The 17th-century chateau is located in the countryside and is just 40 minutes away from Paris.
It has 2,300 rooms across more than 75,500 square yards or about 15 football fields.
National Geographic Travel gives you a quick tour in the palace as it highlights its best kept secrets.
Hall of Mirrors
It’s one of the most infamous rooms in the chateau. Courtiers used it as a passageway and meeting place. The king, on the other hand, walked the 240-foot-long gallery every day to reach the chapel.
Royal Opera House
The lavish hall was used only 40 times. It takes 3,000 candles to light the auditorium for a night discouraging the royals from utilizing it because of the high cost.
Books displayed here are from Marie Antoinette’s private collection. The library is noted for the intricately designed decor but there are details you shouldn’t miss. The doors are covered with fake bindings and the engraved drawer handles feature the emblen of the House of Austria.
In one occasion, during the ball in honor of Louis XV’s daughter, the windows of this large hall had to be broken. They needed fresh air to relieve the heat generated from the massive crowds and the thousands of lit candles filling the room.
Another name for it is The Room of Applause. This particular place used to hold a large billiard table for Louis XIV who excelled at billiards and played every night after dinner on his doctor’s orders.