The Hall of Mirrors has a reputation of being one of the most famous rooms in the world as a result of its magnificent beauty. The hall is built in France, and it overlooks the Versailles Park. Designed in 1678 by the most prominent world architects of the time; Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Louis Le Vau, the hall was then painted by Charles Le Brun. Having seventeen mirror arches where each arch has twenty one mirrors that face the seventeen windows opposite of the park. During this time, mirrors were the most valuable possessions, and since the Venetian republic owned the monopoly of manufacturing them, they ensured that every item that made the Versailles palace came entirely from France.
The painting of the ceiling is dedicated entirely to the victories of Louis XIV, with the center part of the ceiling symbolizing that the King governs alone. This is synonymous of the personal establishment of the reign of King Louis in 1661. The original paintings by Charles Le Brun were consistent with the Sun-King. However, the last decorative schema presented to the King shows the exploits of Apollo. On learning that the commission was from his brother, the plan was rejected by the king for implementation. Another scheme that depicted the exploits of Hercules was introduced second in line to the king. As the former, it was also rejected. The last edition of the plan of painting represented the victories of the king from 1659-1679. This included the Treaty of Pyrenees to the one of Nijmegen. As a result, the paintings were accepted for implementations since they reflected the king directly and not in mere guises. The direct resemblance of the king portrayed qualities of good governance and military achievement as well as political, economic and artistic success of France with King Louis XIV as the central figure. The dominance of the King is further seen by paintings that include his silver throne. The antique allegories also portray the reforms in the kingdom reorganization.
Several precedents can be quoted in view of the Versailles project. It was after its establishment that various historical events took place. During the reign of Louis XIV, the palace served important roles such as overseeing court decisions and holding royal weddings as it would hold enormous audiences. Later in the years, for example in 1855, the gland reception of Queen Elizabeth was done here under Napoleon III. Other functions that have undertaken place in this hall include the signing of the Versailles treaty which was done 1918. A Commonality is depicted in this project as compared to former projects. The artistic success of France comes into play. However, compared to other structures of the time such as the Grand Canal and the Petit Trianon, the hall of Mirrors depicts different high quality design and paintings. The authenticity of this project can be attributed entirely on France with the materials and the designs originally taken from France. It is rumored that during the construction of the Hall, some workers hired by Colbert were poisoned in order to protect the originality of the design. Compared to other projects of the time, the peculiarity of this project is well discerned. Being the third building to be constructed under the reign of Louis XIV, the building posses a unique style that was attributed to making France famous while maintaining it history. After its construction, various buildings have imitated its design such as Linderhof palace and the Lucie Stern Hall.