A Guided Tour of Versailles Palace, with Time to Explore the Grounds
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It’s only fair that the Queen gets her own version of a man cave to match the opulence of the King’s Grand Apartment. The Queen’s Grand and Petit Apartments occupy a suite of rooms opposite the King’s hangout, and no franc was spared in transforming the space into a luxury boudoir.
While three different queens occupied the suite in the years leading up to the French Revolution, the space is restored to the period during Marie-Antoinette’s reign. She renovated the Queen’s Grand Apartment last in 1783, by removing expensive embroidery hangings on the walls and installing beautifully ornate gilt paneling throughout the suite.
Fortunately for Marie, she didn’t touch one of the original features of the apartment: a secret door that connected the space to the King’s Grand Apartment. She needed that passage to escape from the Paris mob that had come to imprison her on the eve of the French Revolution. Marie never laid her head down in the magnificent boudoir again, but – then again – she didn’t have her head for much longer after her night flight anyway.
Servants at Versailles
At roughly 31 square miles, encompassing 700 rooms and 2,000 acres of garden space, you can imagine the staff necessary to maintain the Palace of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV. Not only did he retain up to 200 servants to carry out his own tasks, but Marie-Antoinette maintained a huge staff – many of which were dedicated to just dressing her on a daily basis. There were hundreds of servants manning the kitchens at the palace. Unfortunately for diners, including the King and royal court, meals were often served cold: It was a long trip from the kitchen to the dining room, and most hot dishes couldn’t handle the distance.
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