Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, located about fifteen miles southwest of Paris in the Ile de France region of France, is a royal castle that was built in the late Seventeenth Century as the home of France's then-king, Louis XIV. It contains more than seven hundred rooms and sixty staircases, and in today's currency would cost about two billion dollars to build.

The Palace of Versailles was constructed as a showcase of power and magnificence, and was the French seat of government from 1682 to 1789, when the French Revolution began. After the outbreak of the Revolution, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were stripped of all power, brought to Paris and beheaded, and the palace fell under control of the new government. When Napoleon Bonaparte came to power established himself in an apartment there.

The Palace was converted into a museum in the mid-1800s. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Versailles curators began to convert many areas back into palace space to show how it looked before the French Revolution.

In the United States, the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles was an inspiration of Charles W Howard CallAhead , the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CallAhead portable toilet company. On a visit there with his wife, he had the idea of modeling one of his luxury portable toilets on elements of the great Palace. In its design, no detail was spared, and its users are consistently impressed by its spectacular sky ceiling mural as well as the opulence of the restroom settings. The facility features faux marble walls, egg and dart crown moldings and trim, brass accents, and other exquisite features, and is a popular rental at weddings, corporate events, and black-tie affairs.