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The chateau and the Gardens of Versailles which count among the most prestigious monuments of the world's artistic heritage and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. King Louis XIII's former hunting lodge was transformed and enlarged by his son Louis XIV, who installed his court and government here.
The Chateau was embellished with new apartments during the 18th century, in the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The royal family and the court were forced to leave Versailles on October 6th 1789, after the first days of the French Revolution. In 1837, King Louis-Philippe inaugurated the Museum in the Chateau, devoted to glorious events in the history of France.
contents: extract from the orientation guide of the Chateau of Versailles.