The building featured in the Google Arts and Culture logo is the Palace of Versailles! The beautiful 17th-century palace is located in the suburbs of Paris, France, and is the former royal residence of France’s kings and queens. It is often referred to as “the symbol of absolute monarchy.”
The iconic building features multiple impressive features, such as a 1600-acre park and gardens, 500 fountains and a majestic Hall of Mirrors. Google Arts and Culture’s decision to feature the palace in its logo pays honor to the many works of art and culture treasures located within it.
The Palace of Versailles is an iconic work of architecture and a symbol of European grandeur. As an example of the French monarchy’s splendor, the Palace of Versailles was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and has been the source of inspiration for many artists, filmmakers, and writers. Google Arts and Culture enables us to explore and virtually visit the palace, uncover its fascinating stories and see its incredible artworks with just a few clicks.
For more information, here's a great article by Google Arts and Culture about Palace of Versailles: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/palace-of-versailles/tAFyp3qMjwbiKA. You can also check out their interactive map to explore the grounds and their online exhibitions to discover the many hidden secrets of this iconic building.