Palace of Versailles Reopen its Doors to The Public

Published June 5th, 2020 - 05:06 GMT

The Palace of Versailles, its museums and gardens expect you again from Saturday, June 6, 2020. The park and gardens have undergone a makeover and the historic monument is setting up a protocol to make sure visitors are all safe and healthy.

France's sumptuous Palace of Versailles, built in the 17th century by the "Sun King" Louis XIV, throws its doors open to the public again but with little certainty over when tourists will return as lockdown curbs are slowly eased. The coronavirus crisis has dealt a heavy financial blow to the palace and France's other leading cultural attractions.

The Palace of Versailles has been asleep since March 13, 2020. One of the most visited monuments in France has had to shut because for the coronavirus epidemic that hit the country as 55 days of lockdown later, the country starts exiting containment.

Workers on Friday dusted the Hall of Mirrors and polished its gilded statues ahead of the reopening, which will see visitors required to wear face masks and follow a one-way route through the opulent 2,300-room complex.

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A picture taken in the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A picture taken in the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker cleans the Queen bedroom (Chambre de la Reine) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker cleans the Queen bedroom (Chambre de la Reine) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

President of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Catherine Pegard poses at the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. S

President of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Catherine Pegard poses at the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

A picture taken in the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker cleans the Queen bedroom (Chambre de la Reine) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
President of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Catherine Pegard poses at the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. S
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A picture taken in the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A picture taken in the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker cleans the Queen bedroom (Chambre de la Reine) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker cleans the Queen bedroom (Chambre de la Reine) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
President of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Catherine Pegard poses at the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. S
President of the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Catherine Pegard poses at the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020, on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
An employee wearing a protective face mask cleans the Queen's grand appartment at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
A worker carries furniture in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) in Versailles near Paris, on June 5, 2020 on the eve of it re-opening after 82 days of closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Palace of Versailles -- France's big tourist attraction with nearly 10 million tourists a year - will open on June 6 with no US or Asia tourists who represent 30% of its visitors. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP