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Welcome to Versailles!

In the visitor's mind’s eye, the name Versailles evokes the golden glitter and magical sparkle of the Hall of Mirrors... But not every visitor is aware that the city around the palace, with its lovely avenues lined with magnificent plane trees stretching out their arms in greeting, was designed at the same time, as a sumptuous setting for the famous palace...

The city of Versailles boasts one of the finest architectural heritages in France. As  your strolls through the historic Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame quarters, visitors will discovers the nicer points of XVIIth and XVIIIth century  architecture and acquaint yourselves with little-know treasures such as the gallery in the municipal library where the treaty establishing  American Independence was signed, the church of Notre-Dame built in 1684 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the cathedral built in 1743 by Jacques Hardouin-Mansart de Sagonne, the Hotel de Madame  du Barry and  the Hôtel Lambinet, Versailles municipal museum and a host of other places close to the Palace which will enable you to appreciate something of the life of the city France’s political capital between 1682 and 1789.

 

Closer to our own time, the Salle du Jeu de Paume reminds us that one of the earliest pages in the history of the French Republic was written here in Versailles, just as the Prefecture buildings is reminder that our city was once again the seat of the executive arm of government from 1871 to 1879.Versailles also invites you to visit the Cour des Senteurs, just 100 meters from the Palace, an exceptional olfactory trail which will take you to the Royal Kitchen Garden via the Maison des Parfums, the studio-boutiques of prestige perfumers and a public garden transformed  into a garden of fragrances

As well as being a City of History, Versailles is also a city that revels in French art de vivre. Here you will find shops and boutiques of the highest quality, the finest market in the Paris region, an extensive choice of restaurants and a welcome that is renowned for its courtesy.In Versailles, we have a saying to the effect that once you have tasted the city’s charms you will never leave.

We hope to persuade you to share that conviction.

 

Office de Tourisme de Versailles

2 bis avenue de Paris
78000 Versailles
http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/home.html