A brief encounter with elegance

Palace of Versailles

Beginning in 1661, Louis XIV transformed his father's hunting retreat into an extravagant palace.
It took nearly 50 years for to complete his palace.
The palace included a wondrous garden that included fountains, sculptures, and flower beds.
An artist's rendition of the Gardens of Versailles. Painted in New York from previous sketches.
Over the past 400 years, Versailles has seen its gardens destroyed by major storms and hurricanes. Most recently in 1999 when hurricane-force winds uprooted hundreds of trees.
A view of the garden in 1992. Notice Versailles has become a family friendly destination, with nearly 9 million annual visitors.
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