Thursday, 18 July 2013

Coronation Hall

Originally this served as the château's third chapel but it was changed in 1682 in a guards' room for both the King and Queen. The name has nothing to do with the Bourbon-monarchs but is derived from the incredibly large painting of the coronation of Napoleon which takes up an entire wall. Every year on Holy Thursday the King would wash, then kiss the feet of 13 impoverished children. Also, it was in this very room that Louis XV held a lit de justice on 13 April 1771 during which he announced the dissolution of the parliaments.
The ceiling is remarkably raised and has been gilded - all on the order of Louis-Philippe.

The ceiling

This is the notorious painting of Napoleon and Josephine's coronation

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