Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors, the largest, most famous and most beautiful room in the Palace. There are seventeen mirror arches in the room and each arch contains twenty-one mirrors for a total of 357 mirrors.

The hall was built between 1678 and 1684. Designed by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart and decorated by painter Charles le Brun. It was built to replace a large terrace, opened into the garden.

The Hall of Mirrors consists from two parts: The War Room and the Peace Room.

In the center of the War Room there is cupola ceiling, which is a personified depiction of France, armed and sitting on a cloud and surrounded by Victories.

In the arches are depicted defeated enemies: Germany, Spain, Holland The fourth arch depicts Bellona, the goddess of war, in a rage of fury between Rebellion and Contention.

The Room of Peace decorated with the cupola and arches on the themes of the benefits of peace brought to Europe by France.

The Hall of Mirrors is the symbol of the great French palace, built by King Louis XIV.

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