[Palace of Versailles]

~Basic information~

The Palace of Versailles is a French royal palace located in the Ile de France region, about 15 miles south west of Paris, France, that was built for King Louis XIV in the late 1600s. The Palace of Versailles required the work of approximately 3000 people to construct the building and the grounds. There are more than 700 rooms, including 1,200 fireplaces and 60 staircases in the Palace of Versailles. In today’s money it would have cost roughly $2 billion to build. In 1682 the French government moved to Versailles and it remained there for almost 100 years. In 1789 a mob took the Palace and the French Revolution began.