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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Paris 2011 "Day 6" Versailles

Starting off the day at our NEW favorite bakery, yummy!

Versailles, France, a western suburb of Paris, boasts a long an intriguing history dating back to A.D. 1038. The seat of the French court prior to the Revolution in 1789, the city of Versailles was the eighth largest city in France when the National Constituent Assembly overthrew feudalism. Shortly after the Revolution, the city lost its position as the centre of political events in France.

The Castle of Versailles was left stripped and abandoned until King Louis-Philippe was crowned in 1830, and turned it into a national museum.Throughout the 1800s, Versailles was once again a quiet town to which former aristocrats’ descendants sometimes traveled to in remembrance of the old monarchy.

Versailles is also historically known for various treaties such as the infamous Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the American-Revolutionary War. In addition, the Treaty of Versailles–signed in the city it was named after–ended World War I on June 18,1919.

Versailles once again took on the role of judicial center during the 1960s and 1970s, and is currently the main suburb of Paris. The town center has kept a conventional personality, while middle-class populations have developed the area in the train station district as well as peripheral fringes of the city. Versailles is considered an affluent area, as well as a heavily traveled tourist location. As of 2006 the population has increased to approximately 89,000. Versailles is a richly historical city and will no doubt continue to attract large numbers of visitors as time goes on.