The Palace of Versailles began as a modest hunting lodge. Well, as modest a lodge as one could expect from a French King. Then Louis XIV enlarged and enrobed the old lodge, turning it into the great Chateau we know today.
About 28 km south-west of Paris in the well-heeled suburb of Versailles, the baroque castle was in the 17th century the political headquarter of Louis XIV and his courtiers. Only when the revolutionaries of the Bastille overpowered the palace guards and deported Louis XIV and the Empress Marie Antoinette to Paris. There they both were executed under the Guillontine that glorious era came to an end.