Versailles, the royal residence of the French Emperor and probably even considered the capital of the once powerful French Empire that imposed power throughout Europe under the the Sun King, Louis XIV, until its gradual decline in power in the late 1700s during the French Revolution. Due to the Sun King’s long reign, France was able to consolidate its power and riches within the country unlike other countries where they lost territory such as Spain losing the Spanish Netherlands and eventually Naples and Sicily.
Due to these events by the French Monarchs, they were able to concentrate vast sums of money to keep the Palace of Versailles well-maintained and well decorated over time to where it basically became the seat of royal power. If you wanted to do business with the French king and/or queen, you had to travel to Versailles, not Paris, in order to communicate with the royals there. It was serious business at Versailles Palace, that dignities were very impressed upon arrival with complete amazement that France was that rich and that powerful to have such a great palace to impress outsiders. Even the personnel working with the Palace was serious business that I’ve even heard of stories where French ministers would fight over who got to help the King put on his robe when he woke up.
Touring the Versailles Palace is quite an affair as it’s not only the palace within but also the gardens outside. Everything was built with decoration and amazement in mind.
Even though Versailles lost its importance after the French Revolution where the locals sold off or transferred the contents to other places, people still knew of the place and its history. Even Napoleon I thought about making Versailles his residence but its high cost of renovation and the fact that it would probably invoke the local people’s wrath due to the lavishness of past French royals made him think twice. Over time, despite the one time the place became more of a museum to house French artifacts and paintings which still remain in the Palace to this day.
I think it’s still worth going to this place so you can see the splendor of the once-mighty French Empire before the French Revolution and Napoleon’s reign and eventual conversion into a tourist site/museum.