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Napoleon and Paris

Special Exhibition

Napoleon and Paris

June 16, 2016 – January 8, 2017

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Discover the complex relationship between a legendary man and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Napoleon’s extraordinary life is inextricably linked to Paris. From his rise to power to his fall from grace, Paris was the theatre for some of the key moments in his career. A man of war, Napoleon made Paris the capital of an empire. A man of ambition, he revived Paris’ glittering court life. A man of vision, he reshaped the city and filled it with enduring institutions.

An exhibition produced by the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, Paris Musées and the Canadian Museum of History.

Napoleon’s legacy in photos

The Empire fell, but Napoleon was not forgotten. Napoleon’s dream was to make Paris the capital of Europe and the most beautiful of all cities.

From the Place de la Concorde, visitors today can admire legacies of Napoleon’s Empire in all directions: the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile to the west; the Palais Bourbon, seat of the French National Assembly to the south; the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to the east; and the church of La Madeleine to the north.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

According to Napoleon

Arc de triomphe du Carrousel

© Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

As it is today
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

© kavalenkau / Shutterstock.com 231574027


Père Lachaise Cemetery

According to Napoleon

Père Lachaise Cemetery

© Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

As it is today

Père Lachaise Cemetery

© Kiev.Victor / Shutterstock.com 138692234


Pont des Arts

According to Napoleon

Pont des Arts

© Eric Emo / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

As it is today

Pont des Arts

© Valerijs Kostreckis / iStock.com 21685815


Place du Châtelet and its Fountain

According to Napoleon

Place du Châtelet and its Fountain

© Stéphane Piera / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

As it is today

Place du Châtelet and its Fountain

© photo.ua / Shutterstock.com


Vendôme Column

According to Napoleon

Vendôme Column

© Eric Emo / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

As it is today

Vendôme Column

© JavierGil1000 / iStock 60921238


Get your souvenir catalogue now

Napoleon and Paris souvenir catalogue cover

Complete your visit by picking up the Napoleon and Paris souvenir catalogue, on sale online and at the Museum Boutique.

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