Man apprehended after breaking and entering the Palace of Versailles in France – ARTnews.com

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A cheeky break-in at the Palace of Versailles in France was thwarted this weekend. By a report in Le Figaro, a 31-year-old man climbed the surrounding wall of the castle grounds and entered the historic structure through a broken patio door.According to the Versailles prosecutor’s office, the man arrived by taxi at the castle park around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. Police were alerted soon after to the threat by the taxi driver, who described the man as « wearing a sheet and taking himself for a king. »

The spokesperson for the Palace of Versailles said in a statement that neither the furniture nor the collections suffered any damage during the intrusion. “It is a man who left Paris in the direction of Versailles and who would have told the taxi driver that he intended to enter the castle,” she told Agence France-Presse. “He was intercepted after smashing a window near an entrance door that gives access to the lower gallery.

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The palace reopened to the public in May as France cautiously eased its Covid-19 lockdown measures. The site, which also includes the Trianon Estate, the Gardens of Versailles and the Coach and Park Gallery, is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, attracting around 8 million visitors in 2019. Today, the Visitors should purchase timed entry tickets in advance and adhere to now standard health precautions.

Built at the end of the 17th century by the “Sun King” Louis XIV, the 2,300-room complex housed the royal court and the family until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1789. In 1837, Louis-Philippe, then sovereign of France , dissolves Versailles’ status of royal residence and inaugurates the structure as a museum dedicated to the “glories of France”. The palace collections house more than 60,000 paintings and structures spanning the medieval period until the beginning of the 20th century.

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