This once sleepy medieval town really began to come into its own in in 1623 when Louis XIII built a stone and brick hunting lodge here. His son Louis XIV oversaw its transformation to the palace that you see today and his “King's House” became the official seat of French power in 1682. You could say that he got a little carried away with the upgrades. Chapels, mirrored halls, his and hers apartments and some of the largest fountains in history were eventually built. Today it's a wealthy suburb of Paris that attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see how France's Ancien Regime really lived.
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