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The Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles began as the symbol of Louis XIVs reign as absolute monarch of France. With its masterful architecture, lavish interior, and exquisite gardens, Versailles was the standard by which other palaces were measured. But the very opulence that made Versailles one of the worlds greatest structures played a role in the ultimate downfall of the French ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Referencepoint Press
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This title in the “History’s Great Structures” series introduces the Palace of Versailles and its influence on European architecture, opulence and landscapes. Initial chapters provide a brief history of France beginning with Louis XIII and his humble hunting lodge that gradually evolved into the Palace of Versailles. Informative text describes the massive, expensive and opulent expansion of the chateau and its palatial grounds undertaken by Louis XIV. Ironically, it was the grandeur and ...more