ABOUT NAPOLEON I
Napoleon I was the emperor of France from 1804 to 1815. He had a great impact on the world, but more importantly on France. He was born in 1769 in Corsica and passed away in 1821 on the island of Saint-Helena.
Here are 5+1 notable places in Paris related to Napoleon I:
1- LES INVALIDES
This monument contains museums all related to the military history of France. The part that is a church is the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte, who lays in a seven layer coffin placed under the dome of the church. He was brought here from St-Helen in 1840, 19 years after his death. There is a mass every year on May 5th to commemorate his death.
2- ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Napoleon commissioned the famous triumphal arc in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz and to memorialize the heroes of the war. You can climb all the way up to the top and enjoy the view!
3- MUSÉE DU LOUVRE
This museum which is one of the most famous museums in the world not only holds the painting of Mona Lisa, but also the 6×10 meter painting by Jacques-Louis David of Napoleon’s coronation ceremony. It is really impressive! Napoleon’s coronation ceremony actually took place in Notre-Dame de Paris on December 2nd 1804.
4- PLACE VENDÔME
At Place Vendôme you can see the column of the same name – Colonne Vendôme- which was commissioned by Napoleon in honor of his victory at Austerlitz in 1805. The column is of bronze and many scenes of the battle are sculpted around it. At the top, there is a sculpture of Napoleon represented as Caesar.
5- CHATEAU DE MALMAISON
This “château” was bought by Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, in 1799. Napoleon frequently went there until their divorce in 1809.
5+1: LE PROCOPE
This restaurant, which dates from 1686, was a common place to come for Napoleon and Voltaire, a very important intellectual of his time. Bonaparte once left his hat at the restaurant, which you can still see in the window without having to enter the building. It has also been said that Benjamin Franklin wrote a good part of the American Constitution there.
The website for this restaurant is here
NAPOLEON I IN PARIS – PRACTICAL INFO
For those interested in seeing these places in person, there is a tour agency called Napoleon Tours which takes you through all places in Paris related to Napoleon I.