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.