A unique pair of bookends the Gates of the palace of Versailles, featuring the majestic gilded gate of the former residence of the kings of France.
This impressive work was designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1680. However, the imposing gates were dismantled during the construction and the extension of the palace's Gabriel wing. It was only after the restoration work carried out between 2005 and 2008 that the entire Cour d'Honneur grille was reinstalled.
The Château de Versailles, located in the western suburbs of Paris, is one of France's most emblematic monuments. Built in the 17th century under the direction of King Louis XIV, the Château de Versailles is a masterpiece of French classical architecture. It is famous for its immense landscaped grounds, formal gardens and sumptuous palace.
The château itself is a symbol of the grandeur and power of the French monarchy during the reign of Louis XIV. It comprises a series of magnificent buildings, including the famous Palais de Versailles, with its richly decorated rooms, art galleries and the famous Galerie des Glaces, a masterpiece of Baroque art. The Palace of Versailles is also known for its imposing architecture, slate roofs, elaborate sculptures and majestic fountains. The principal architect behind the transformation of the Château de Versailles was Jules Hardouin-Mansart, a renowned 17th-century French architect. He was responsible for the design of many parts of the château, including the famous Chapelle Royale and the Hall of Mirrors. Hardouin-Mansart was renowned for his use of classical architecture, with elements such as Corinthian columns, domes and symmetrical facades.
Today, the Château de Versailles remains one of France's most popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world to admire its beauty and history.