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Instagrammers Capture the Château de Versailles

Want to see more real-time photos and videos of Versailles? Be sure to visit the Château de Versailles location page.

Just southwest of Paris, France, lies the Château de Versailles—one of the world’s most famous palaces. Versailles is known not just for its lavish decor and architecture, but also as a historic symbol for the country. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France starting when Louis XIV moved there from Paris in 1682. In October 1789, the royal family was forced to leave Versailles when a mob of mostly female revolutionaries stormed the palace and essentially evicted Louis XVI and his queen, Marie-Antoinette.

The Château now serves as a museum and one of France’s biggest tourist attractions, with more than three million people visiting the grounds each year. Today, Versailles had a special visit from the Tour de France (@letourdefrance), which began its final day at the palace en route to the finish line tonight along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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The 2013 Tour de France on Instagram

Today marks the official beginning of the 100th Tour de France bicycle race. The world’s best cyclists will make their way through a route that spans 21 stages and covers a total distance of 3,479 kilometers (2,161 miles), starting with the Grand Départ in Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio and continuing through mainland France.

Want to get a first-hand look at the the Tour de France? Be sure to follow these Instagrammers:

And, don’t forget to browse more photos on Sunday, 21 July, when the race concludes with a final stage from the Château de Versailles to the Champs-Élysées in Paris.