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The Age of Absolutism is the period of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Most states in Europe had monarchs who wished to create absolute authority France had the best system of absolute monarchy because they were able to create a central royal political system This paper analyzes the architecture of the palace at Versailles how Louis XIV practiced philosophical justifications and how his daily routines all reflected absolutism The palace of Versailles resembled the capital of France more than a palace The royal minister and secretaries were among the twenty thousand people who where housed in the palace Their was the noble family plus their were nine thousand soldiers in the town five thousand royal servants one thousand noble and their four thousand servants The palace was enormous It was set in a park of thirty thousand acres-six thousand of which were formal gardens Among the gardens were fountains an artificial lake and statues This provided a wonderful place for the king to entertain his guests The royal architects designed the palace with the intention of sending a message to everyone who entered The palace not only served as a home but also where the government was led The apartments were lavishly decorated with marble and the royal bedroom along with the chapel were decorated with Christian imagery The subject of paintings which complete the decorations of the ceilings are heros and illustrious men taken from history and fable and who have possessed all the Virtues which have seen appear in the Person of our Great Monarch during the fortunate course of his reign so that everything remarkable which one sees in the Chateau and in the garden always has some relationship with the great actions of His Majestypg 327 Louis XIV most important accomplishment was the fact that he was able to unify a country which was regionally different Under the king many provinces were separated by there cultural heritage-
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