Napoléon I

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A gate... Let’s go back to the 18th century: city of Bordeaux was, at that time, encumbered with fortified walls and medieval fortresses (the château Trompette and the fort du Hâ). They had to...

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Near the Champ-de-Mars, king Louis XV and banker Paris-Duverney founded the Royal and Military School in 1751, for the education of 500 young and poor noblemen. It was raised on a vast land near...

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Joséphine! Marie-Josèphe Tasher de La Pagerie was born in La Martinique. Alexandre de Beauharnais' widow (he was guillotined during the Revolution), she married the dashing Bonaparte in 1796: she...

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Do you notice the baptistery made of white marble? Lil Napoléon Bonaparte was christened here, on July 2th 1771... Napo was born in Ajaccio in 1769. His mum, Laetizia Ramolino, felt the first...

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Relics and lots of saints So now, here’s the vestige of the old cathedral St-Vincent, destroyed during the French Revolution: the porch, two octagonal towers and a bay. Dedicated first to apostles...

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The legend of the castle of Crussol The family of Crussol said that their ancestor was a giant called Crussolius, king of Arvernes, who raised the first primitive fortress. Yes, in the 19th century...

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Talleyrand: Empire style Valençay was bought in 1761 by Charles Legendre de Villemorien, a very rich chap. Parisian architect Joseph-Abel Couture destroyed the Eastern wing and completely re-built...

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A king stuck in the mud Jean de Brie raised the main building and the two towers in 1539, with architect Jean Delespine. Fell in 1636 to the French academician Guillaume de Bautru, two more wings...

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1805. Napoléon I founded several good manners schools for young girls whose dads died on the battlefields. One of those schools settled in castle of Ecouen! Yes, managed by Mme Campan, former reader...

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Mortal night March 1547, by a moonless night… King of France François I was dying in the castle of Rambouillet. By his side, Jacques d’Angennes, his loyal servant and owner of the estate, surrounded...


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