“Napoleon” Cushion Red Background

Napoleon Bonaparte – Empire The pattern of this cushion is inpired by of one of the two side sections of the enormous carpet used in the Throne Room of the Tuileries during the Empire period, of which only a few fragments survive at the Mobilier National. This carpet, probably rewoven to decorate one of the Imperial residences, was offered by Napoleon to the King of Saxony, Frederick-Augustus 1st (1750-1827), during his visit to Paris in December 1809. It is the only carpet from the Imperial period to have retained its Napoleonic emblems. The letter N (for Napoleon) is in the centre, inside a laurel wreath (worn in Antiquity by victorious Roman warriors), and it is surrounded by twenty-eight bees. Napoleon chose the bee as his emblem to reflect his decision to attach the new dynasty to that of the first Frankish Kings who had reigned over Gaul. Jewellery in the shape of insects that were believed to be bees had in fact been found during the 18th century in the tomb of Childeric 1st,

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The castle

The castle is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

From October to March: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last access at 4:15 pm).

From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11.

The tour is fully accessible, except for the Napoleon I and Chinese museums. As a compensation, the exit is through the Oval Court, exceptionally open for the occasion.

It is not necessary to reserve a visit slot for the castle or the gardens.

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