Top: the private chapel
Below: detail of other ceilings
Le Chateau de Versailles, started in 1668 by Louis XIV, grew around the hunting lodge of Louis XIII. The opera house was added in 1770 by Louis XV.
It seems that my photos of this palatial home focus mostly on the ceilings, which are rivaled only by the Sistine Chapel, in my opinion. I took so many photos that I have mixed them up and cannot tell you which rooms they were, except for the Hall of Mirrors, which you will see later.
Versailles remineded me of St. Peter's Basilica in that everywhere you look there is ornament; painting, carving, gilding, statuary or detailed plaster treatment. The only smooth surfaces are those of stone or marble.