In the last article we looked at mirrors used as a traditional attraction at funfairs, but where did this idea come from? Well, the hall of mirrors originated in the Palace of Versailles (or Château de Versailles) in France. The royal château itself was built in Versailles - back when it was just a country village and not the Parisian suburb as it is today. Peter Stuyvesant, while on his visit to the country to talk about colonial land agreements, came across the hall of mirrors in the Palace of Versailles and was completely amazed by it. He was so captivated by the hall of mirrors that he vowed to bring the attraction to New Amsterdam (later to become New York) in the United States where he was the governor. The House of Mirrors was then created by Peter Stuyvesant and it opened in 1651. Participants who wanted to enter the maze of mirrors were charged one Dutch gulden for the privilege. Ever since then the hall of mirrors has spread in popularity and there are many to be found today at carnivals and amusement parks across the globe. There is something about mirrors and seeing one’s reflection distorted from reality that intrigues people and this may be why they are so intriguing.