Some people might take a vacation and leave their residence unmanned for a few weeks or even months, but one apartment in Paris was left isolated for about 70 years. The beautifully preserved space, which belonged to the granddaughter of the late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian, was paid for, month after month over the course of numerous decades, yet never returned to in all that time, leaving it not only unoccupied, but also completely untouched.
It was during World War II that the owner initially fled her opulent abode in effort to escape the Nazi raid. Never to return to her home, which is now deemed a Parisian “Time Capsule” apartment, the luxurious woman’s heirs decided to make an inventory of her apartment when they discovered its preserved interior and the many treasures inside.
One such gem included a painting by renowned 19th century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini. The painting features a woman who is thought to be Marthe de Florian at 24 years of age. The time capsule home also disclosed her love affair with the artist through a stack of love letters they exchanged. The apartment, which proved to be as rich with possessions as it is with secrets, is currently closed off to the public, though some speculate that may change.