Huge, extravagant and beautiful, Versailles continues to draw admirers from near and far.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Date of Inscription: 1979
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 83:
“The Palace of Versailles was the principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Embellished by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century.”
I spent a day in Versailles back in 1991. I can’t add more superlatives to what has already been said about the palace and surrounding park. However, I’d like to say that it should come at no surprise that the impoverished and starving population revolted against the royals in 1789.