Napoleon in frock coat

The original of this statuette surmounts a miniature version of the Vendôme Column, due to the talent of the medal engraver Nicolas-Guy-Antoine Brenet. This 1/24th reduction was exhibited at the 1834 Salon after several years of work, especially the low-reliefs of the shaft, of which all the details had to be reproduced with infinite care. For even greater fidelity to the original, Brenet copied the statue that once again embellished the top of the Column after 1833. The original statue by Chaudet, portraying Napoleon as a Roman emperor, had been removed during the Restoration. For fifteen years, the Column, deprived of its imperial effigy, was the rallying point for Bonapartist demonstrations. Finally, in 1831, Louis-Philippe decided to put back a statue on the top of the monument, and the sculptor Charles-Émile Seurre was commissioned to make a statue of the “Small Corporal” to be erected in the place of the Roman “Imperator” by Chaudet.

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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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