16th Century Wall Disrupts Museum Renovation in France

History News Network: The renovation of the Orangerie, the home of Monet's "Waterlilies," has been halted after it was disclosed that the work might damage the original 16th century wall under the museum. Historians have long known that the original wall of the Tuileries Palace, constructed in 1566 by King Charles IX, lay underneath the Orangerie, a museum which houses Monet's Waterlilies, but no one bothered to tell the architect. The plan was to include a new underground floor with more exhibition space, restrooms and shops, but all of that is now on hold.

Museum officials and historians must now come to an agreement about what is more important, the museum or the wall, or try to combine the two into one structure.

"It will be up to the minister to decide what to do next," a ministry spokeswoman said.

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