If you go to France, be sure to visit Palace of Versailles. This French royal palace consists of two parts: palace and garden. The palace is a marble building with a flat roof, visually vertical and majestic. The garden is a regular geometric layout. Together they represent a model of reasonable human beauty. . If I were to use four words to describe Palace of Versailles, it would be: magnificent and luxurious!
This royal palace was built by Sun King Louis XIV. Before that, it was just a remote hunting palace. The magnificent and extravagant royal palace can be called most majestic and elegant house ever built by French. It later served as Royal Palace of France and was home to three generations of kings from Louis XIV to XVI.
This French royal palace is located on outskirts of southwest of Paris, close to city center, about 20 km. It can be reached by RER express line. If this is peak of tourist season, then there are a lot of people, and hundreds of people are standing at gates of palace, if you want to go, then you need to book tickets in advance and arrive as quickly as possible. . In fact, you can go to garden first and then look at palace, you do not have to queue to go to garden because it is very big! It is much larger than palace, and this can be seen from comparison of numbers: area of the palace is 110,000 square meters, and area of \u200b\u200bthe garden reaches 1 million square meters. They say that in Palace of Versailles they began to limit number of people entering institution, if you do not make an appointment, you can not even get in with a ticket, so it's better in advance. I sincerely advise those who like to sleep late to arrange a check-in at nearest hotel on first night, otherwise it will be very troublesome to get up late.
First of all, majestic sculpture of Louis XIV on horseback outside. If you look at whole palace from outside, red walls, white columns, black tops and golden rims, outlines are solemn, neat and majestic. representing greatness of royal family. As stream of people came closer and closer, I saw that lace at top of palace was decorated with gilded ornaments, and there was a golden gate in form of a fence, which was especially luxurious.
Inside palace, there are many statues and portraits of owner of palace. The interior decoration and decoration are full of European classical artistic charm. More than 500 large and small halls are full of splendor and luxury. The decorations inside palace are mainly sculptures, oil paintings and tapestries. The furniture is used by royal family and nobles. Most of them are in Baroque style, with sumptuous and magnificent shapes and exquisite craftsmanship. The palace also exhibits artistic treasures from around world, including Chinese porcelain brought from across ocean. The frescoes in palace are amazing and provide greatest visual enjoyment, especially frescoes painted on ceiling, which are huge and exquisite, creating a magnificent effect throughout room.
What will shock you, besides magnificence of palace, is that there are too many tourists here! It is impossible to enjoy it quietly and calmly, and it can only be visited by a crowd. Anyone who has been to Versailles will find that almost half of them are yellow-skinned and black-haired, and if you look closely, there should be a lot of Chinese. I remembered words of a foreign friend who often traveled world: “Now you can see Chinese everywhere. It is true that there are many Chinese here, many Chinese from all over world and many travelers. Now that country is getting stronger and stronger, we feel more confident when we go out to play.
On second floor of main building of palace, there are Coronation Hall, Hongyang Hall, Apollo Hall, Venus Hall, etc. All of their decoration styles are in spirit of freedom of spirit and in magnificent Barlow style. As you walked through each door, you experienced a visual baptism.
The Hall of Mirrors is most famous hall outside main building. In past, this is place where royal family held balls. The people who have been there are full of praise. words for criticism or criticism. It connects two halls and is a 72-meter long corridor with seventeen large mirrors on one side and seventeen floor-to-ceiling glass windows on other. Huge arched windows and doors capture view of Royal Garden. to hall; mirror on other side, when royals and guests danced, in bright light, portraits were projected onto mirror as if they were not real.
There is a huge oil painting on ceiling, inlaid with gold rims. The content of painting is memorabilia of Louis XIV. The crystal flower is very gorgeous. In addition to crystal lamps hanging from ceiling, on both sides of mirrored corridor are floor-to-ceiling candlesticks held by girls in golden statues.
The bedroom of King of France is very spacious. Although imperial bed is no longer original, all layouts imitate appearance of that time. Red curtains hung in gold inlay, showing his extravagant life. There is not too much red in queen's bedroom, and flowers are main tone, adding feminine softness. I think ordinary people would be dazzled and find it difficult to sleep in such a gorgeous and spacious bedroom.
After visiting palace, you should visit royal garden outside palace. After leaving palace, there is no feeling of crowding, and it is very comfortable for me to walk around neat and clean royal gardens of Versailles. In front of main palace there is a large garden in which magnificent flowers of various colors are grown. The geometric composition of plants and trees in vast garden is full of traces of artificial modification, which makes Chinese, accustomed to everyday style, a little repulsive, but also extremely delicate beauty after getting used to it. gardens in city are no longer same. In addition to geometric composition of plants and trees, there are also exquisite figurative sculptures, fountains and pools of various shapes, which can be considered three classic elements of French gardens. Shooting western-style wedding photos here is just a classic!
Gardens should be visited on a sunny day to show off their charm, otherwise beautiful scenery will be spoiled. The back garden of Louis family in past is very huge, and in back there is Trianon Palace and Queen's Farm. If you want to get there, it is recommended to take a small train. If you walk, it will be difficult, and it is several kilometers away. During tourist season or on weekends, performances of musical fountains can be seen, with backdrop and music as background, you will feel more fragrant and cheerful when visiting this vast French garden. But don't talk about music, fountain doesn't always work. In afternoon, fountain and music stops and whole garden goes silent. Suddenly, too neat a geometric layout makes people feel a little shackled.
After a tour of Palace of Versailles, you can experience extravagance of three Louis kings and French royal family. The result of extravagance was corruption, so Great Revolution broke out, and Louis XVI was killed by revolution and put on guillotine. In later history, palace survived many wars and was plundered many times. Only in 1833, Orleans dynasty, which won July Revolution, restored it and turned it into a historical museum. The old palace reappeared. Brilliant. At this time, new dynasty was already a constitutional monarchy, and not a feudal dynasty of Louis era.
Among five famous palaces of world (Forbidden City, Palace of Versailles, Buckingham Palace, White House, Kremlin Palace), Palace of Versailles can be called most luxurious, as well as largest of five. Since they refer to five main palaces like Chinese, we often like to compare Forbidden City to it. I am very proud that Forbidden City can be considered first of five main palaces. Although building area of the Forbidden City in my country is slightly larger than it, total area covers an area of But smaller than it. Both of them were once imperial palaces of their countries, each representing architectural style and art of their people. They represent different aesthetics, different luxury and different styles, and there is nothing better than other. Until now, they are not only property of people of country, but also a precious wealth shared by people of whole world, representing brilliant achievements of human civilization.