Versailles, 1667. Louis XIV was 28 years old. To rise to the heights of the nobility and wield its absolute power, he launched the construction of Versailles... it proved to be a snare. Louis XIV is a young King haunted by childhood trauma, the Fronde civil, a rebellion of the nobility against his father, Louis XIII... It will prove be a strategic policy out of the ordinary, manipulative, Machiavellian, and he will "invent" Versailles for the nobles of Paris, to keep them under control, and gradually transform the castle into a golden prison. But how will Louis live as the greatest King in the world?
Historical fiction of the court figures and the more humble villagers, guiding us in a world of betrayals and secrets, politicking and declarations of love.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Versailles - Versailles house - Netflix
Versailles is a 85,000 square-foot house belonging to Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel and his wife Jackie Siegel. It is under construction at 6121 Kirkstone Lane, Windermere, Florida, in the gated community of Lake Butler Sound in Orange County, USA. Named and modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, the completed project will be one of the largest single-family homes in the United States. It is designed as the primary residence of the Siegels and their children. Construction began in 2004. Work stalled in 2009 with 60% completed as Siegel's company encountered financial difficulties. The house was susbsequently listed for sale at $65 million. With Westgate Resorts' improved finances as of 2013, Siegel now owns the property outright and construction has resumed. Completion was scheduled for 2016, although as of March 2017 the completion date has been pushed back to at least 2019. Expected to appraise at over $100 million, the project will be the fourth most expensive house in the United States. The home and its owners were the subject of the 2012 documentary film The Queen of Versailles as well as an episode of CNBC's Secret Lives of the Super Rich.
Versailles - Design - Netflix
Constructed on a man-made hill on 10 acres of lakefront property, the residence will include 11 kitchens, 14 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms, a 30-car garage, a two-lane bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, three indoor pools, two outdoor pools, a video arcade, a ballroom with a 500 to a 1,000 person capacity, a two-story movie theater with a balcony inspired by the Paris Opera House, a fitness center with a 10,000 square-foot spa, yoga studios, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, an exotic-fish aquarium, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a formal outdoor garden, and an elevator in the master bedroom closet. Because the Siegels' children were older, modifications to the original plans included turning playrooms into a yoga studio and a teenager’s cave with a second movie theater. Doors and windows are constructed using some of the last remaining Brazilian mahogany, at a cost of $4 million. Exterior walls are precast concrete with Pavonazzo marble veneer; the entryway will feature a 30-foot stained-glass domed oculus; and the residence will have ten staff quarters, each with a jacuzzi and a kitchen.
Versailles - References - Netflix