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Louis XIV of France was growing up in the old Palace d' Royal. Louis became the ruler of France at the age of 21 years. He wanted a grand palace to be built in Paris but Versailles was not the ideal spot for a palace, as the Versailles was located in swampy marshlands.

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Louis chose to build the palace on the location of his father's hunting lodge in Versailles. For the next two decades the town became an enormous construction site. Le Vau added new wings and faades on every side until they completely enveloped the original hunting lodge. Illustrious additions included the Sun King's magnificent bedroom (the Chambre du Roi), and the famous Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors).
Construction of the Hall of Mirrors began in 1678. The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens (Singleton 25).
The mirrors are very decadent and decorated and they use natural light and candlelight to create awesome space. There is an Audience hall within that highlights Louis XIV's enormous wealth and power. Ceiling frescoes illustrate Louis's successes in war.
Versailles became the home of the French nobility and the location of the royal court thus becoming the center of French government. Symbolically the central room of the long extensive symmetrical range of buildings was the King's Bedchamber. ...
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