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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC


18th century

The chapel was one of Louis XIV's last projects for Versailles.

He only got to use it for 5 years before he died.

The king would attend mass every day.

He would sit on the upper level - under a painting of himself in full battle gear!

He would only go downstairs for special celebrations.

The chapel was dedicated to himself and Saint Louis - patron saint of the Bourbon monarchy.

The two Ls near the altar refer to both their names.

The Bourbons were one of the oldest European royal families.

They ruled uninterruptedly from 87-1792 and 1814-1848!