Versailles Historical Sites Tour, Versailles

Versailles Historical Sites Tour, Versailles

The charming town of Versailles is a place where French history can still come alive. Apart from the world-famous royal palace, there are a number of interesting historical sites in the town. Take our tour to see the most interesting historical places in Versailles.
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Versailles Historical Sites Tour Map

Guide Name: Versailles Historical Sites Tour
Guide Location: France » Versailles (See other walking tours in Versailles)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: leticia
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House of Madame de Pompadour

1) House of Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour was King Louis 15th’s mistress and friend for nearly twenty years. She was a lively, intelligent woman who lived in apartments in the Chateau of Versailles, but she also owned l’Ermitage of Fontainebleau, known as the House of Madame de Pompadour.

The house was built in 1753 by Ange-Jacques Gabriel and its square Neo-classical façade, inspired by ancient Greek architecture, became the prototype for the Petit Trianon, which he built nine years later. The house...   view more
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Carré Saint Louis

2) Carré Saint Louis

One of the most charming areas of Versailles is the Carré Saint Louis and you shouldn’t miss visiting this historical district.

In 1737 King Louis 15th gave permission for a group of buildings to be put up around the crossroads of the Rue d’Anjou and the Rue Royale. These buildings were intended to be used for a covered market.

They were laid out in squares on the four sides of the crossroads and named Carré à l’Avoine, Carré à la Fontaine, Carré au Puits and Carré à la...   view more
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Potager du Roi

3) Potager du Roi

The Potager du Roi isn’t a small kitchen garden, but a 25 acre spread with a pond and a fountain in its centre. It grew fruit and vegetables to feed the Royal Family and members of the Royal Court.

It was laid out between 1678 and 1783, commissioned by King Louis 14th and started by Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie, who was the director of the Royal Fruit and Vegetable Gardens.

The Grand Carré was surrounded by a high wall and was made up of 16 vegetable plots. A raised terrace around the...   view more
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Petite Ecurie

4) Petite Ecurie (must see)

The Petite Ecurie is another historical site of Versailles. Built between 1679 and 1682, it housed the horses of the royal family as well as coaches and carriages reserved for their use. Even if you cannot go inside, the building’s architecture and sculptural decoration are rewarding sights in...   view more
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Grandes Ecuries

5) Grandes Ecuries (must see)

The Royal stables at Versailles once housed the equerries, the stablemen, musicians, page boys and 600 horses. Today the Grande Ecurie is a museum.

The stables were built in 1683 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The twin buildings were lavishly decorated and enclosed the Place des Armes, which was a military practice area. The Petite Ecurie was the same size as the Grande, but it was in the latter that the Grand Equerry lived and was in charge of the horses. These animals, the finest in France,...   view more
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Madame Beatrice Fremy Home

6) Madame Beatrice Fremy Home

This fine historic home once belonged to a musician of King Louis XVI’s court. This heritage site is superbly maintained by its current noble owner, Madame Beatrice...   view more
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Ancien Hôpital Richaud

7) Ancien Hôpital Richaud

The Ancien Hôpital Richaud is the former site of the Royal Hospital of Versailles. This historical edifice dates back to the 18th Century. Abandoned for many years, it is in the process of being revived as part of a restoration project led by architect Jean-Michel...   view more
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Lycée Hoche

8) Lycée Hoche

The Lycée Hoche is a prestigious public secondary school, incorporating both middle school and high school education.

It was commissioned as a nunnery – the Convent of the Queen – by Queen Marie, the wife of King Louis 15th. It was begun in 1767 by Richard Mique and the nuns of the Order of the Canonesses of Saint Augustine were charged with the education of the female children of the Royal household’s officers and servants.

The queen used her own money from her inheritance and her...   view more
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Domaine de Madame Elisabeth

9) Domaine de Madame Elisabeth

The Domaine de Madame Elizabeth is owned by the Conseil Général des Yvelines and is only open to the public on rare occasions, but its beautiful 8-hectare park and orangery can be visited.

The rectangular two storey building with its pavilions on each end and its six-columned portico was built in 1770 by Alexandre Louis Etable de la Brière. It was commissioned by the Prince and Princess Rohan-Guéméné as a summer residence.

When the prince went bankrupt in 1783 King Louis 16th bought...   view more

Walking Tours in Versailles, France

Create Your Own Walk in Versailles

Create Your Own Walk in Versailles

Creating your own self-guided walk in Versailles is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Versailles Garden Fountains Tour

Versailles Garden Fountains Tour

Besides its many wonderful plants and trees landscaped into amazing patterns, the gardens at the Royal Palace of Versailles have another key ingredient: water. The marvelous fountains and other fantastic water features here only serve to underline the magnificent beauty of the whole complex. Take our tour to see the best water features in the royal gardens.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.1 km
Versailles Gardens Tour

Versailles Gardens Tour

Spread across a vast area of 800 hectares, the Royal Palace of Versailles Gardens are the quintessential example of classic French landscape gardening. Most of the individual feature areas – known as bosquets – in the garden were created by King Louis XIV’s chief gardener, landscape architect André Le Nôtre. These numerous groves are certain to impress you with their magnificence and splendor. Take our tour to find all the highlights of the palace gardens.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Versailles Cultural Tour

Versailles Cultural Tour

The town of Versailles is not just about the palace – there are a number of fascinating cultural venues and museums that will enrich your knowledge of French history and creativity. Take our tour to see the most popular cultural venues in Versailles.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Le Domaine de Marie-Antoinette Tour

Le Domaine de Marie-Antoinette Tour

Located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, the Trianon area - or Le Domaine de Marie-Antoinette – is a quiet place where Marie Antoinette went to escape the formalities of her royal position. If you buy a ticket at the entrance to the palace, you can discover all the best places in this very pleasant area of Versailles.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Viroflay Village Tour

Viroflay Village Tour

Located just outside Versailles, the quiet village of Viroflay is well worth a visit. Here you can see several top arts venues, as well as the 13th Century Église Saint Eustache. Take our tour to see the best attractions in Viroflay.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Versailles Churches Tour

Versailles Churches Tour

Versailles is home to a number of marvelous Christian buildings, some of which date back to the 18th Century. One of the highlights is the Royal Chapel, which hosted many baptisms, weddings and funerals involving the French royal family. Take our tour to visit the most interesting places of worship in the town.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km