Overlooking the Versailles Park near Paris, the Hall of Mirrors is the biggest room in the Palace of Versailles at 73m long, 10m wide, and 12m high. The Hall of Mirrors owes its name to the seventeen mirrored arches facing seventeen windows overlooking the Versailles Park. Each arch contains 21 mirrors adding up to a total of 357. While sometimes referred to as Venetian glass mirrors, these large mirrors were made in a Paris factory that was founded to compete with Venetian glass factories. Both mirrors and glass were exorbitantly expensive in the 17th century. With some reports suggesting that the cost of ONE Venetian mirror was comparable to the cost of a large naval ship. Yowza!
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(This Fun Fact Friday was informed by A Brief History of Mirrors, Exclusive Mirrors, and wikipedia!)
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