King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Versailles served as France’s political capital and the focal point of the court from 1682 until 1789. It was Louis XIV’s motive to remove himself from Paris, so he created a place where the court could live under his control. The palace’s size and opulence exhibited his supreme wealth – it covered over 2,000 acres. Louis reigned for 72 years but didn’t do a very good job- especially when it came to the finances.
Marie Antoinette married the future French king Louis XVI when she was just 15 years old. The young couple soon came to symbolize all of the excesses of the French monarchy. She became the target of gossip because of her spending habits, her alleged affairs and her inability to produce an heir. After the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, the royal family was forced to live under the supervision of revolutionary authorities. In 1793, the king was beheaded. Marie Antoinette was arrested, as well, and tried for alleged crimes against the French republic. She was beheaded via the guillotine on October 16, 1793.
Versailles is big and beautiful but so crowded you can hardly move from room to room. We tried to imagine the king and queen walking around the palace in their pajamas. We wondered if they ever got lost!

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