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Paris Day Trips: Things to Do in Versailles

13 Jan 2020
Known for its beautiful gardens and Palace, Versailles is an amazing French city with deep royal roots. Located about 20 km southwest of the centre of Paris, it is one of the most impressive cities around Paris where the Sun King (King Louis XIV) transformed and expanded the majestic castle known as the Palace of Versailles. A great example of 18th-century French art and architecture, the Palace of Versailles has been a UNESCO world heritage site for about three decades.

Want to get a glimpse into the world of French history and enter the dazzling chambers and salons where the royalty lived? Then visit the palace. Covering about 800 hectares of land with vivid greenery, rare flowers, grand fountains and sculptures, the Gardens of Versailles leave many visitors speechless. Elegant, manicured and vast, the Gardens of Versailles are worth a visit, as well. But, Versailles has so much more to offer than just the palace and the gardens. It has many points of interest for visitors, including the Versailles Cathedral and the Royal Opera of Versailles.
 
© Satoshi Nakagawa Flickr.com Versailles
© Satoshi Nakagawa Flickr.com Versailles

A baroque inspired cathedral, the Versailles Cathedral is located in the centre of Versailles. The cathedral is actually a magnificent architectural masterpiece of the 18th century you shouldn’t miss. The Royal Opera of Versailles is another must-see tourist attraction in Versailles. Recently renovated to its original splendour, the Royal Opera is located at the end of the north wing of the Palace of Versailles. Capable of accommodating about 1200 spectators, it hosts various performances, such as classic theatrical opera, orchestral pieces, and ballet. Head to the opera house for the magical fairytale atmosphere created by the traditional dancing and classy chandeliers.

Fortunately, getting from Paris to Versailles is easy by car, train or bus. And it is what makes Versailles one of the most popular day-trip destinations from the City of Light.

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