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We loved spending time in the beautiful city of Versailles in France

Palace of Versailles

Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles

The city of Versailles was built around the Palace of Versailles which was the main residence of the kings of France and the center of government. The city of Versailles is important historically because of its role in the French Revolution in the eighteenth century. The Palace of Versailles was the location of the signing of the Treaty of Paris 1783 ending the American Revolutionary War and also the Treaty of Versailles ending the First World War. Today the city serves as a residence for visiting heads of state and as a tourist attraction. The town center is lovely with shops, restaurants, cafés and incredible markets.

“Notre-Dame is the oldest area in Versailles. It was built by Louis XIV to embellish the area surrounding the Palace.

King Louis XIV built this once greenfield to embellish the area north of the Palace. Inhabitants started to settle from 1671, building according to specific rules along the streets; surprisingly large and straight for the time. The area is still organised around the original institutions. You can visit the Notre-Dame church that was once the King's parish, or stroll around the old bailiwick which was housing the local courthouse under the Ancien Régime and is now at the heart of the charming Antiquarian District. You will be irresistibly drawn by the Notre-Dame squares, particularly bustling on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings. They have proven to be the best market in the region! Not far from there, you will also find the Montansier theater, opened in 1777, and the Hoche square, originally called Dauphine square and the first octagonal town square in France. A few blocks away, housed in a charming 18th century hôtel particulier, you will discover the Lambinet museum. In a special 18th century atmosphere, you will find collections about the city's history and the French Revolution...”

“Next to the palace, the Notre Dame market and the Lambinet museum, every antiques lover and even the amateurs will enjoy a walk in this historic area.

In the heart of the city, you'll be welcome by 50 antique dealer. Whether you love beautiful objects, jewelry or silverware, antique furniture or art deco, old paintings, modern or contemporary; or collector of weapons, old books, engravings, earthenware and porcelain, antique toys or archaeological remains; or just occasional bargain hunter, you will find something here to satisfy your curiosity and fulfill your desires more reasonable to wildest... 4 main places are located in this area and joined by lanes and courtyards: The Bailiwick This wonderful bulding from the XVIII century builted in 1724 by Tavenot, disciple of Mansart, was the first court and the first prison in Versailles. It is now a famous place where you can find antique dealers and art galleries, with furniture, modern painting and artefacts, in a charming area. The Village Let you guide until the Village, former outbuildings of the Picardy Hotel, where you'll be attracted by the tiny houses built around the well and it have the shape of an iron horse. From a picturesque stairway you can join other exhibitors and also the Notre Dame market and rue de la Pourvoirie, a lovely street in the city. The Passage It is situated in the former place where the prisoners from "La Geôle" were going for a walk. Samson, who executed Louis XVI, was also the executioner of the prison until 1788. Madame du Barry, the last "Maîtresse-en-titre" of Louis XV of France was imprisoned during the French Revolution. By now it is possible to admire jewellery, potteries or stylish furniture. "Le Carré" (Square) "Le Carré" of the antiquarians was originally the stables of the Bailiwick, transformed into sheds during the XIX century to shelter wines and liquors intented to the Notre Dame market. By now, you can see the antiquarian galeries or craftsman shops, that show the richness of creation and of the lifestyle from the past century.”

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