52' or 90'

Local versions

  • French

Commissioning broadcaster

France 5

Program type

  • Factual
    • Science / Knowledge

It was Versailles before Versailles: a spectacular palace in the heart of Paris, with a history spanning 2000 years – from Julius Caesar’s invasion of Gaulle to Marie Antoinette’s imprisonment as she awaited execution. So how has it been erased from memory and built over by successive government buildings? To find out more and establish precisely when and why it was built, a team of experts – including architects, archaeologists, and divers – sets out on an investigation of a lifetime. It will see them dive into the Seine and crawl through tunnels to peel back layers of political, military and religious history, long since hidden from view.

Significantly, a young team, known internationally for delivering 3D models of monuments in peril, will use its expertise to recreate this architectural marvel, uniquely immersing viewers and driving the story by revealing its evolution and innovations through the ages.
We’ll learn how this extraordinary palace was constructed, what it looked like over time and why it was suddenly abandoned.


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Stéphane Jacques



International Broadcasters

  • France 5



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