Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Petits Apartments

These rooms were not created with the purpose of serving as the royal family's petits apartments; it was only when France had an Emperor instead of a King that these rooms were referred to as such. Originally these were the offices of Louis XV and other royal princes but they are now combined under the name "petits apartments". During Napoleon they would serve as apartments for the Emperor and the Empress - the Emperor's apartment is large enough to also include many of the ministers' offices which are linked to the Grand Apartments through secret passageways and staircases. Normally the petits apartments were decorated in a more simple manner because they were the Emperor's private chambers.

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