Paris: Tourists evacuated from Palace of Versailles due to smoke from renovation work | Travel

AP | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Paris

The iconic Palace of Versailles in Paris was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday afternoon as smoke billowed from the roof near the Marble Court during renovation work. This area of the ch√Ęteau, originally constructed in 1623 by King Louis XIII, was engulfed in plumes of smoke, prompting the evacuation.

Paris: Tourists evacuated from Palace of Versailles amid smoke from renovation work (Screengrab from Twitter/bloombergblower)
Paris: Tourists evacuated from Palace of Versailles amid smoke from renovation work (Screengrab from Twitter/bloombergblower)

The palace officials confirmed that there was no fire, but the smoke originated from a “hot zone” within the roofing structure. Local firefighters promptly extinguished the smoke, ensuring the safety of visitors and the historical collections housed within the palace premises.

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An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the incident, and no injuries or damages have been reported. The Palace of Versailles, known for its opulent architecture and rich history, attracts millions of tourists annually.

The evacuation took place at approximately 3:15 p.m., following safety protocols, with visitors being allowed to re-enter the premises by 4:30 p.m.

This incident serves as a reminder of the fire that ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in 2019, leading to a comprehensive restoration effort that is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

This news story is sourced from a wire agency with minimal modifications to the text, with the headline being altered for clarity.

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