Insight | 04.10.2008 | 04:30
UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Palace and Gardens of Versailles
More than 3 million visitors come to the Palace of Versailles each year. Many of them just want to see the "Hall of Mirrors".The Palace of Versailles in France started out as a modest hunting lodge. But Louis the 14th, known as the Sun King, transformed it into the largest and most grandiose palace in the world – harnessing the power of art and architecture to maintain and strengthen his political authority. Today, France’s kings are long gone, but the Palace of Versailles and its vast garden still stand. UNESCO has named Versailles World Heritage Site number 83, given that it represents a masterpiece of human creative genius, that it exhibits an important interchange in human values and because it is associated with artistic works of outstanding universal significance.
Report: Genevieve Oger