You can catch a tram after exiting the Chateau Versailles into the formal gardens. The tram ride along the axis of the huge formal gardens, less formal forest and pastures filled with sheep really brings home the immensity of the palace grounds.
A beautiful open peristyle gallery tiled in check patterned marble connects the two wings of the palace, and from the gallery the view of the formal gardens are stunning.
Visiting dignitaries also stayed at the palace, such as Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, who resided at the Grand Trianon in 1717 to study the French gardens.
Marie Antoinette gave some performances at the Grand Trianon, but she preferred to spend her time at the Petit Trianon, which was a gift from her husband Louis XVI.
During the French Revolution in 1789, the Grand Trianon was left to neglect and the original royal furnishings were lost, but at the time of the First French Empire, Napoleon had the palace restored, made it one of his residences and furnished it in the Empire Style. This is the way the palace is furnished when you visit it today.
When you visit, don’t forget to check out the Grand Trianon at the far end of the palace gardens at Versailles. In many ways, it is equally if not more beautiful than the Royal Chateau de Versailles itself!