Once I arrived at the Palace, I headed inside and got myself an audio guide. I saw lots of amazing things including:
• Halls, doors and general grand rooms
• Rooms being renovated
• Ornate ceilings
• Hall of mirrors
• Views to the outside of the Palace
Begun by Louis XIII in 1623, the château began as a hunting lodge in brick and stone, it was enlarged into a royal palace by Louis XIV. The first phase of the expansion (c. 1661–1678) included the addition of three new wings of stone (the enveloppe), which surrounded Louis XIII’s original building on the north, south, and west (the garden side).
During the second phase of expansion (c. 1678–1715), two enormous wings north and south of the wings flanking the Royal Court (Cour Royale) of the main château were added.