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    Population: 88,641 (as of 2014)
    Located in the Yvelines district of the Ile-de-France region
    De facto capital of France (1682-1715; 1722-89)
    Home of the Palace of Versailles and the Gardens of Versailles
    Birth place of King Louis XV and King Louis XVI
    Site of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War (September 3, 1783)
    Site of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, ending the Great War/World War I (June 28, 1919)
    Its museum showcased artwork by Jeff Koons.
    It experienced a population decline from 1975 onward.
    Tourism traffic is near-Disneyworld levels of headaches.
    Its stint as France's capital city was repeatedly cut short by the country's various revolutions over a fifty year period.
    It was the ne plus ultra expression of King Louis XIV's extravagant narcissism.
    It was just a marshy, uninhabitable backwater village used primarily for royal hunting territory until a teenaged Louis - who detested Paris with a passion - selected it as to be his kingdom's de facto capital.
    By pouring over 380 million francs into the property's Baroque palace design and ordering his courtiers to relocate from their Paris chateaus, he all but foredoomed the monarchy - rendering the nobility numb to any brewing discontent.
    Thusly, some seventy years after its construction, the royal commune was shocked - shocked I tell ya - by the appearance of a revolutionary mob intent on sacking the palace and imprisoning King Louis XVI (Oct. 5, 1789).
    It hosted a diplomatic event which many credit with giving rise to Nazi Germany, and thereby World War II (Hitler campaigned shamelessly on the unfairness dealt to the German people by the Versailles Treaty).
    The Treaty was widely seen as payback for the 1871 Franco-Prussian War Treaty signed in the Hall of Mirrors, itself a humiliating event in French history proclaiming Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm to be the Emperor of Germany.
    Sofia Coppola filmed extensively there for her hit 'Marie Antoinette' movie.
    It is the setting for several 'Assassin's Creed' video games.
    It was reportedly used as a model for the construction of Washington, D.C. by Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
    It hosted the G7 summit, at the request of Francois Mitterrand (1982).
    It was the site of the first hot air balloon flight.
    It was the site of the creation of the Third Republic, when French parliament took refuge there after the Commune.
    Fifteen presidential elections were voted on by Parliament meeting in Versailles (between 1783 and 1954).
    The Congress of France still gathers at the Palace to vote on revisions to the Constitution.
    It was the site of official visits from John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, Boris Yeltsin, and Jimmy Carter.
    A storm devastated its national park, resulting in 10,000 trees being lost with damages estimated at 250 francs (1999).
    The Palace and Gardens of Versailles showcase some of the grandest and most beautiful designs and architecture of the 18th-century (or from any period from that matter).

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