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Petit Trianon redo completed

September 25, 2008|From the Associated Press

The Petit Trianon, the mini-chateau at Versailles that French queen Marie Antoinette used as her refuge, reopened Wednesday after a yearlong, $7.34-million renovation funded by Swiss watchmaker Breguet, which once made a timepiece for the queen. Among other improvements, electric wiring was fixed, more rooms opened to the public and a garden pavilion refurbished.

Curators said they wanted to avoid a stuffy museum feel, making it seem as though the 18th century French queen and her entourage had just stepped away for a moment.

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