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Mirror, Mirror in the Hall

It took a team of about 80 artisans to restore the Hall of Mirrors

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It's been three years since sections of Versailles's Hall of Mirrors were sealed off for a top-to-bottom, $16 million makeover. Drop cloths have finally been removed, allowing visitors to once again view the hall in all its 240-foot-long, 357-mirror splendor. This was the first time that the hall--built as a royal banquet space for Louis XIV--had been completely cleaned and restored, from the parquet flooring to the Le Brun ceiling frescoes. chateauversailles.fr, from $14.

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