original architect was Louis Le Vau. Later modifications, principally
the long projecting wings, were made by his successor, Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
Mansartís greatest stroke of genius is visible inside the palace, in the
famed Hall of Mirrors. Here, overlooking a garden, Mansart built
a row of floor-length windows and on the facing wall placed matching panes
of mirrored glass. This spectacular hall was actually designed as
a setting for Lebrunís ceiling paintings; the arched mirrors and large
windows create a sense of spaciousness that belies the hallís modest
width. With its grand length, rich parquet flooring, brilliant
light, and gilded decoration the Hall of Mirrors embodies the lavish Baroque
splendor of the Sun Kingís court.