Palace of Versailles France about 1892

Palace of Versailles France about 1892

PALACE OF VERSAILLES FRANCE — This wonderful building with its extensive park was the home of Louis XIV, who caused it to be erected here at a cost of two hundred millions of dollars. The stories of the number of men and horses employed in its construction border on the fabulous. Voltaire called it “The Abyss of Expenses.” Here the “Grand Monarch,” Louis XIV, died, to be succeeded by the dissolute Louis XV, who also died here, deserted alike by friends and courtiers, as his disease was a malignant form of small-pox. Then for a few years it formed the abode of the ill-fated Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and here at the outbreak of the French Revolution occurred some fearful scenes of violence. Within the great courtyard in the foreground gathered the mob of starving men and women who finally burst into the palace, attempted to kill the Queen, and finally forced the royal family to go back with them to Paris, under the names of “The Baker, the Baker’s wife and the Baker’s boy.” Since that period it has remained practically uninhabited. It is now really a National Museum, containing many interesting historic relics and superb galleries of paintings. At the time of the siege of Paris by the Germans in the Franco-Prussian war, this palace was the headquarters of the Prussian King, and here, on the 18th of January, 1871, he was saluted as Emperor of Germany. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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