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The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty

There’s no doubt that the golden gate of the Palace of Versailles displays excess opulence of French royalty. Boy, I was blown away the moment I got a closer look of the iron-wrought gate swathed in gold. Ok, it might not be real gold but it should be something close to that. 😀 The palace is also widely known as Chateau de Versailles.

Exact Replica. The 80-meter golden gate that stands today is not the original one. Nothing was left of the old one that was destroyed during the French Revolution. The French government decided to build the exact replica of the golden gate. It took two years to re-create referencing historical documentations. This 15-tonne masterpiece cost 4 million pounds!

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate. Today, the Baroque-style portal has 100,000 gold leaves, a crown, cornucopias, masks of Apollo, etc…

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Queue. Together with fellow backpackers from the hostel I stayed in Paris, we arrived at Versailles at 1:30 in the afternoon. If you can see from the photo below, we were still so far away from the first gate. Yes, after the first gate, there’s another one that awaits you. 😀 The guards at the first gate is for security purposes. The second one checks your ticket. It took us 45 minutes to get past through the first one and another 30 minutes to the ticket booth. And oh, it’s really a good idea to buy a ticket online.

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

How to get to the Palace of Versailles. The palace is an hour drive west of Paris. Instead of taking a train, I decided to take the bus that our hostel arranged because there’s only 3 euros difference. And the best thing about it, our own car dropped us off right at the entrance of the palace. Unlike the train, you have to figure out a ride to the palace when you arrive at Versailles station. Our driver gave us three hours and a half to explore the palace, which is enough, unless you want to explore the whole acres of gardens.

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

What to Bring. There’s a restaurant/cafeteria inside but, of course, pricey. It would be a good idea to bring an umbrella or a hat (for the queue). And yes, water!

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

The Golden Gate of the Palace of Versailles Displays Excess Opulence of French Royalty (France).

Where to Stay in Paris

Paris is expensive. You’d be surprised how much you’d pay for a set menu in McDonald’s or Burger King. Yes, I know, those are fast-food but I do go there when I find local prices really expensive. 😀 So, if you’re on a budget trip to Paris, stay in a hostel. I stayed at St Christopher’s Hostel / Inn at Gare Du Nord. It’s three minutes walk to a major connecting metro and the area is surrounded with supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. Also, the hostel has its own bar, laundry room, lockers and security guards at the doors. It’s clean and staff are nice. You can book via HostelWorld, Expedia and Booking.com.

 

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