Did you know that France is currently the most visited country in the world? Though impressive, this accolade is hardly surprising. Boasting countless cultural institutions and hoards of historic landmarks, France is full of top tourist destinations, including the Palace of Versailles. While you’re likely familiar with the site as it stands today, the château has changed a lot over the years—an evolution you can now explore in three dimensions.
As a part of Versailles 3D, a collection of online projects, the estate has created three animated videos that outline the history of the Palace of Versailles. Beginning with its humble roots as a hunting lodge, the animations detail how the French monarchy expanded, lived in, and eventually fled the palace, which now serves as a museum.
The series is split into three videos: “From Louis XIII to the French Revolution“; “Versailles After the French Revolution“; and “From Gardens to Trianon Palaces.” Tracing the transformation of the estate with an easy-to-follow approach, this trio of videos lets you travel through both time and space—no trip to France required.
You can explore the entire project on the Versailles 3D website.