The Palace of Versailles is a gorgeous royal Château just outside of Paris, France. It is a marvel of architecture and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. It was originally built as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge, and later his son Louis XIV expanded it, moving the government and the court of France there in 1682. From 1682-1789 it was the center of Power in the Ancien Regime of France. I visited the palace and its gardens on a warm but slightly overcast day in September. Here are some photos of what I saw: