In the French language the palace at Versailles is referred to as a “chateau”. A chateau! A chateau can be a mansion, a manor house, sometimes a castle (if fortified) and sometimes a palace. Oh yes, the Sun King’s country estate was definitely a palace – over the top. It’s easy to see the social class disconnect and royal fiscal mismanagement that led to the French Revolution and the demise of the Sun King (Louis XIV).