An attempted intrusion in the Palace of Versailles almost succeeded after a 31-year-old man climber the castle walls and entered through a window.
The details of the incident were provided by the Versailles prosecutor’s office. According to it, the man arrived at the location in a taxi at around 10.30 pm. The taxi driver, after noticing something strange about the man (like “taking himself for a king”) soon alerted the police. The man, meanwhile, climbed through the perimeter wall of the castle and entered into the museum after breaking a French window. Fortunately, he was apprehended immediately after entering through the window.
The Palace of Versailles said in a statement that the collections didn’t suffer any damage during the intrusion. The statement also clarified that the man had left Paris and left for Versailles in a taxi, giving the driver the location of the castle. The window he broke was near an entrance door and gave access to the lower gallery.
The Palace of Versailles was closed earlier in the year as COVID-19 spread across Europe. It was reopened in May after France eased some restrictions. The palace, which contains many sections like a garden and a gallery, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. It was reopened after ensuring that sufficient Covid-19 precautions would be followed. This included buying tickets in advance and following health protocols while within the palace. The palace was built in the 17th century by King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King.