The Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular attractions in France, in large part because it's a well-preserved homage to 18th-century opulence. And for the first time in nearly a decade, the palace's ritz factor will be at maximum levels. Today, Versailles' Coach Gallery is reopening to the public.
The restored collection situated in the King's Great Stables is one of the largest in Europe and features ornate carriages complete with gold and delicate carvings. They were created by the master craftsmen of the French Court and are a perfect example of the technology of the day, as the coaches were created with comfort, performance and, of course, swankiness, in mind.
In addition, each carriage marks a moment in French history, like christenings, marriages, coronations, or funeral ceremonies. On display is the carriage from the marriage of Napoleon I, the coach from the coronation of Charles X and the funeral carriage for Louis XVIII.
Now visitors to the palace-turned-museum will be able to view the historic vehicles along with a selection of harnesses with gilded bronze, litters, and the small coaches belonging to Marie-Antoinette's children.