This French Château Is the World's Most Expensive Home
January 06, 2016 - Versailles
A massive, newly built French Château in a 56-acre park near the palace of Versailles has just been purchased by an unnamed Middle Eastern buyer for €275 million ($300 million), according to Bloomberg.
This transaction which was brokered by Christie's International Real Estate, makes the chateau the most expensive home sold in the world.
The Chateau Louis XIV was completed in 2011 but bares all the hallmarks, furniture and decor of an opulent 17th Century estate.
According to Telegraph, the chateau houses 10 bedroom suites, a grand reception room with a 52ft-high frescoed dome ceiling, a library and a "meditation room" within an aquarium filled with huge sturgeon.
Telegraph added that the property, which took three years to complete, was built on grounds that once housed the Swiss Guards ensuring the protection of Louis XIV, the king of France who ruled from 1643 till his death.
The sprawling estate opens to a 1.2 mile maze with a three quarter-sized replica of the Chateau de Versailles' fountain of Apollo, whose statues are covered in gold leaf.
Developers Cogemad reveal that the landscape design in particular "evokes the genius of le Notre", who was the gardener of King Louis XIV of France.
The property is also heavily guarded with 40 state-of-the-art surveillance cameras which can be viewed from around the world from an iPad as well as a hi-tech alarm system.
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