Versailles was the unofficial capital city of France from 1682 until the death of Louis XIV in 1715. Versailles is located in the western suburbs of Paris 10 miles from the center of Paris. It is an example of aristocratic excess and arrogance that eventually caused the French Revolution. Almost everything at the palace is gold or gold leaf. Every room is completely adorned with huge paintings and sculptures along with fantastically painted ceilings. I was there during the winter and thus the gardens were not in full bloom. The extravagance at the palace was explemplified by finding out that one servant’s whose sole job was to keep a fresh warm napkin ready for the king while he was eating. No one wanted the king to wipe his face with a cold napkin.
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