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was the residence of the royalty of France from 1682 until 1789, when
the French Revolution began. Louis XIII had originally built a hunting
lodge at the village outside Paris in 1624. This petite
structure became the foundation of the most costly and beautiful buildings
in the modern world. Originally, the palace was meant to house Louis
XIV, more commonly known as the Sun King. His most famous quote roughly
translates to, "I am the state." Close to 37,000 acres of land were
demolished to make room for terraces and walks which were to be lined
with trees. Included in this grand structure's courtyard were 1,400
fountains and 400 pieces of new sculpture.
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Circa 1676, Jules Hardouin-Mansart was put in charge of enlarging the main building. He began by starting with Louis Le Vau's plans, and then added a second story. After that was completed, he built the awe-inspiring Hall of Mirrors and the north and south wings. 36,000 plus workers were used in this project. When the building was completed, it could house up to 5,000 people, including servants. The construction of Versailles Palace was finally completed towards the end of Louis XIV's life.