A trip to Paris is not complete without a day at the Palace of Versailles, just 20 minutes from the City via the RER C local train line.
The lavish Hall of Mirrors shown here defined the French Baroque style with large curved forms, twisted columns, and trompe l’oeil paintings. But, perhaps even more fascinating than its architecture is the complicated history that took place within the gilded walls.
The Power of Place – Architecture, War, and Memory – Americans at Versailles Palace
Photo: La Grande Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), Chateau de Versailles. Image by Myrabella (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons