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The hall of mirrors

Hôtel des Roys Versailles - La Galerie de glasses

The hall of mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors at the Château de Versailles is one of the most visited sites in the world. Created between 1678 and 1684, this large-scale gallery is designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the first architect of King Louis XIV.

A decor to the glory of the Sun King

73 meters long, with 357 mirrors decorating the 17 arcades, the Galerie des Glaces is enhanced by gilded bronze capitals decorated with Rance marble pilasters, magnificent busts of Roman emperors and antiques statues. The ceiling of the gallery was painted by Charles Le Brun, First Painter of King Louis XVI. The vault is decorated with more than 1,000 m² of paintings and composed partly of muffled canvases that illustrate the hours of glory of the reign of Louis XIV.

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