According to the legend, when Louis XIV was five years old, he is walking through the picturesque Tuileries Gardens, looked into a puddle. It reflects the sun. - I am the sun! I am the sun! - Boy shouted joyfully. Since then, it was called - "Sun King". Even in his youth monarch dreamed of something big, immaculate, such that would amaze the whole of Europe - better Louvre, Vincennes and Fontainebleau together. 50 years - needed to Louis XIV for the realization of this ambitious plan. Later, his successor added this place Small Trianon, and executed by guillotine of Louis XVI - the park and the village with a dairy farm.
Palace and park of Versailles is located in the suburbs of Paris, in a small town of the same name. Until the French Revolution, the palace complex served as the residence of French kings. Subsequently Versailles acquired the status of a museum and national monument of France. The story of its rich variety of events, including in the political life of Europe. For example, the Mirror Gallery was the site of the proclamation of the German Empire after the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War. Here was signed the famous Treaty of Versailles, which declared the end of the First World War. In 1979, the Versailles is included in the list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
The easiest and fastest way to get to Versailles - is to use the metro (RER) station line C to Versailles-Rive Gauche, located near to the palace complex.
Also in Versailles trains from the railway stations Gare Montparnase (to the station Versailles-Chantiers) and Gare St-Lazare (station Versailles-Rive Droite). Travel time - about twenty minutes. A walk from these stations to the palace complex within 15 minutes.
171 bus right at the exit of the subway Ponte de Sevres, in the subway tickets bought 10 pieces for 15 euros, they are also suitable for the bus. Travel time to Versailles is about 35 minutes.