1901

Field day at Marie-Antoinette's Estate

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June 1905

Awaiting the arrival of the King of Spain

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08.08.1953

Group visit

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1982

May 1982

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July 1989

From age to age. The French Bi-centennial

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July 2011

Waiting for the show

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Visiting the Palace of Versailles in the 20th century

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The history of the Palace of Versailles in the 20th century

The Palace of Versailles was opened to visitors in 1837 by decision of Louis-Philippe, who set up a museum dedicated...

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The history of the Palace of Versailles in the 20th century

The Palace of Versailles was opened to visitors in 1837 by decision of Louis-Philippe, who set up a museum dedicated to all the glories of France. Since then, the site has essentially been a monument and a museum dedicated to the history of France, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Palace of Versailles was opened to visitors in 1837 by decision of Louis-Philippe, who set up a museum dedicated to all the glories of France. While since then, the site has essentially been a monument and a museum dedicated to the history of France, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries, it took all the energy and wisdom of the successive curators and chief architects, notably Pierre de Nolhac from 1892 to 1920 and Gérald Van der Kemp from 1953 to 1980, to return this former royal residence to its former glory and prestige through renovation and refurnishing operations. Assistance from sponsors such as John Rockefeller in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the "Save Versailles" operation which mobilised the French population in the 1950s, made it possible to restore the rooms in the King’s Private Apartments and the Grand Apartments and to preserve the building.

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At the same time, Versailles’ political role has been upheld throughout the entire contemporary period. The French Parliament met at the Palace from 1871 to 1879, and maintained areas for this purpose until 2005; Presidents of the French Republic were elected here by the Senators and members of Parliament under the 3rd and 4th Republics. Since 1958, the Congress Room is the site of sessions organized to amend the Constitution. France also receives the Republic’s guests at Versailles with great pomp, dinners and Fountain Shows. Nicolas II, Czar of Russia, in 1896, King George VI of England in 1938, his daughter Queen Elizabeth II in 1957 and 1972, Kennedy in 1961… All were treated to the splendours of Versailles. To make the welcome perfect, Charles de Gaulle even decided to refurbish the Grand Trianon to accommodate foreign Heads of State during official visits. This was the case for some fifteen years, until the G7 summit in 1982.

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Versailles became the symbol of international history in 1919, when the peace treaty that put an end to World War I was signed in the Hall of Mirrors. The Palace of the Kings of France thus continues to be a site that is a focus of world affairs.

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