The Palace of Versailles is located in the Ile-de-France region of France, around 12 miles (20kms) southwest of the centre of Paris. The chateau was built in 1661 and continued to be added and expanded up until 1715. It was the seat of Political Power when King Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris to Versailles and remained there until he was forced to move back in 1789 due to the French Revolution.

have to admit, after visiting the Palace I can certainly see why there was a revolution! When your country is starving and living in poverty, I too would be furious knowing our leaders were living it up so well!

Nowadays, the Palace is an amazing tourist location, which serves as an incredible background for photographs, both inside and out. Known for its unbelievably large expansive gardens, it is a fantastic location to visit for photography whilst in France.


Camera Gear Used

  • Leica MP240
  • Leica 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE Lens
  • Leica 21mm Super Elmar Lens
  • B&W UV Filter
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The Palace of Versailles is 12 miles / 20 kms southeast of Paris. The easiest way to get there is via train. The RER C line takes you from the center of Paris to Versailles in 45mins and its a short 5 min walk to the Palace.


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The Palace is a hugely popular tourist attraction in France and I highly suggest getting there as soon as it opens to avoid crowds. Even in the quieter months of winter, there can be long lines and large wait times.

I was blown away by the scale of the Palace and it’s grounds. You can easily spend a full day here exploring both inside the main building along with all the other “smaller” buildings and then the gardens themselves.

I utilized both my wide angle 21mm lens and my 35mm throughout my time at Versailles. A fast prime lens is especially useful for indoor locations such as this. It is very dark in some parts of the Palace and no tripods are permitted, so handle with fast apertures to reduce noise is a must.

Visiting in the middle of winter was a bit of a gamble, but we got lucky with some really beautiful early morning mist which slowly burnt off to reveal a very sunny day. However, it should be noted that some of the gardens are closed in the winter months. I would love to come back again in Spring. Can you imagine the flowers at that time of year?!

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