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Here are some rarely seen online historical photographs of the Chateau of Versailles taken between the World Wars.* These crisp black and white photos from the official ChateaudeVersailles.fr websites show the desperate state of the façades, roofs and windows prior to the American industrialist heir John D. Rockefeller Jr’s $20 million dollar gift in 1920 (nearly $250 million in today’s value).

*the top image is from copies of the series of architectural engraving by Marcel Lambert.

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Royal Chapel of Versailles, May 2016. by Sabrina Danielle.

Photographed when I visited the Chateau de Versailles, France. The Sun King (Louis XIV) loved music and dance and thus had a gigantic gilded organ in this royal chapel where the King and his family would hold mass.

Please do not remove my credit.

UnbelievablePalace of Versailles, Yvelines, Île-de-France 2016

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Façades of the Chateau of Versailles surrounding the Marble Courtyard and the Royal Courtyard built by three of the greatest French Architects. Begun in 1661 by Louis Le Vau then enlarged by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Ange-Jacques Gabriel before the French Revolution in 1789.

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The private Royal Chapel at the Petit Trianon of Versailles is so appropriate in its simplicity and modesty, it moves me thinking of Marie-Antoinette in solitude mourning the loss of her beloved son here in the last days of Chateau under the Ancien-Regime. Thanks for the additional photos Mr P. N. Price.