Hall of Mirror, Palais Versailles


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The Hall of Mirrors  is the central gallery of the Palace of Versailles and perhaps the most  famous & most visited room of the palace.As the most remarkable feature of King Louis XIV of France’s third building campaign of the Palace of Versailles, construction of the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678. To provide for the Hall of Mirrors as well as the salon de la guerre and the salon de la paix, which connect the grand appartement du roi with the grand appartement de la reine, architect Jules Hardouin Mansart appropriated three rooms from each apartment as well as the terrace that separated the two apartments.

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The principal feature of this hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces. The arches themselves are fixed between marble pilasters whose capitals depict the symbols of France. These gilded bronze capitals include the fleur-de-lys and the Gallic cockerel or rooster. Many of the other attributes of the Hall of Mirrors were lost to war for financial purposes, such as the silver table pieces and guéridons, which were melted by order of Louis XIV in 1689 to finance the War of the League of Augsburg.

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  1. Wow so beautiful!
    There is a similar room in Germany on an island of the “Chiemsee”…A German Kind (Ludwig XIV I think) wanted to rebuild the Palais of Versailles for himself, but he didn´t finish it, because he ran out of money…
    It´s funny to see that that room really does look like the one on that island!
    Great post!

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  2. Totally creeping in all your France posts, I love them (and I’m jealous)! I hope to visit France really soon but for the mean time thank you for the detailed pictures and descriptions, makes me feel like i’ve visited already 🙂

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