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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:36 pm

The Palace of Versailles, located a short carriage ride from Paris, was originally a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. His successors, in particular Louis XIV , added to it until the name ‘Versailles’ became a byword for opulence.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:37 pm

The magnificent reputation of Versailles was increased when Louis XIV decided to have his court permanently reside in the palace; this move, by concentrating his power, allowed him to keep the occasionally fractious nobles within his control.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:39 pm

However, it also served to separate the nobility from the people of France, and thus it may have contributed to the ultimate downfall of the monarchy.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:41 pm

Certainly, the luxurious life within the palace was resented by the French people, who hardly had enough bread to eat.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:47 pm

Marie Antoinette, rubbing salt in the wound, had a mock village built where she could pretend to be a peasant. The Palace survived the French Revolution, and today it is one of the great attractions of the country.
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Post by dipeshgainju on Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:02 am

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