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Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors





A palace of mirrors.

In 1678 Louis XIV decided to make Versailles the seat of his government and launched massive construction works. The King's chief architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart began construction of the luxurious Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) in the Château de Versailles, decorated by Charles Le Brun.

The Galerie des Glaces is composed of a Salon de la Guerre (War Room) and a Salon de la Paix (Peace Room), both symmetrical and decorated with marble panels and trophies of embossed gilt bronze weapons. There are 17 arches, from which 357 mirrors sparkle like diamonds.

In the Salon de la Guerre, the paintings honour Louis XIV's military victories which gave rise to the Nijmegen Peace Treaty. Here, the decoration glorified the peace that France brought about in Europe. By the end of Louis XIV's reign, the Salon de la Paix was separated from the Galerie des Glaces by a partition that connected to the Queen's Grand Appartement (Living Quarters).

The "Grande Galerie" was a thorough fare, a waiting area and a meeting point, continually crowded with courtiers and guests.

It was in this same "Grande Galerie" that the Treaty of Versailles was signed putting an end to World War I on June 28th 1919.



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Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors
Place d'Armes
78000 - Versailles
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