Google launches free virtual tour of Versailles

Getting to know Versailles for free without leaving your home is something you can do now. Just take advantage of the virtual tour created by Google, which takes netizens from around the world into the former French royal house through an immersive exhibition featuring high-resolution images of artwork, objects and more.

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Launched by the Google Arts & Culture platform, the virtual exhibition “Versailles: the palace is all yours” features 3D tours of some of the castle's main halls, such as the Coronation Hall and the Royal Opera House. The experience is even more complete with audio guiding the visitor through the space.

On this distance-walking tour of the Paris suburb, you can also explore the King's Room, the Gallery of Mirrors and many other iconic environments in the palace, as well as view over 100 sculptures, paintings and art objects created by some of the largest History artists.

How to visit the virtual exhibition in Versailles?

Are you curious about the Versailles Palace without paying a ticket, facing queues and having to travel to France? Just visit the Google Arts & Culture site.

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The tour of Louis XIV's royal residence until his death in 1715 also includes a visit to the Marie Antoinette's jewelry cabinet, the King's various busts scattered around the residence, the royal chapel, the ballroom and the immense palace gardens, among other areas. There are also other virtual exhibitions on the platform telling curiosities about the place and the royalty.

The experience is more complete and intimate with the use of a virtual reality glasses and activating the night mode of the exhibition.

Techniques used in creating the exhibition

The curators used different tools to create the virtual tour of the Versailles Palace. Through the photogrammetry technique, for example, they covered more than 36, 000 square meters of indoor areas.

Already the digitization of the works of art hanging on the walls of the royal house was made with Art Camera technology.

In the video below you can see some of this work.