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VU031 Chateau de Malmaison: a Fascinating Napoleonic Museum

  • 03 Jun 2016
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • meet at 02.15 PM. Meeting point to be announced.
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Friday, 3 June 2016                                                  
Cost: €26

Located in Rueil
Malmaison, in the western suburb of Paris, the chateau was built in the 17th century.  It was the residence of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte and became the headquarters of the French government from 1800-1802.  After Napoleon divorced Josephine in 1809 for not bearing a son, she continued to live in this castle until her death in 1814.

The public rooms and the Emperor's study have been restored to their original 17th-century splendor.  We will see original furniture, busts of the Napoleon family, portraits of Josephine and Napoleon in their happier days, and the famous Napoleon Crossing the
Alps by Jacques-Louis David.

We will experience the grandeur of Josephine's incredible bedroom, bathroom and dressing rooms, as well as seeing her wardrobe of robes and gowns.

With our guide, Catherine, enjoy a visit to this exquisite private country residence, where we will hear about the important political decisions made by Napoleon, including the Civil Code and the Legion of Honour.

About the Guide

Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.

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