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Façade du palais de Compiègne sur le parc
Façade du palais de Compiègne sur le parc

A royal and imperial palace

A royal and imperial palace
Built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodelled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III, the Palais de Compiègne was a centre for court life and the exercise of power. The originality and beauty of this, the biggest neo-classical palace in France, and the quality of its interior décor and furnishings make for a unique ensemble. Alongside Versailles and Fontainebleau, this historic place is one of the three largest royal and imperial residences in France.Read more
Built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodelled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III, the Palais de Compiègne was a centre for court life and the exercise of power. The originality and beauty of this...Read more
Winterhalter, L'impératrice Eugénie et ses dames d'honneur
Winterhalter, L'impératrice Eugénie et ses dames d'honneur

The Museums of the Second Empire

The Museums of the Second Empire
The museums of the Second Empire present art, history and the life of the court during the time of Napoleon III through a number of remarkable artworks and souvenirs of the imperial family.Read more
The museums of the Second Empire present art, history and the life of the court during the time of Napoleon III through a number of remarkable artworks and souvenirs of the imperial family.Read more

The historic apartments

From Louis XVI to Napoléon IIII
The Palais de Compiègne comprises four main apartments (the apartments of the Emperor, the Empress, the King of Rome and the prince’s ‘double’ apartment) which bear testament to its occupation at the end of the 18th century during the time of the Second Empire.Read more
The Palais de Compiègne comprises four main apartments (the apartments of the Emperor, the Empress, the King of Rome and the prince’s ‘double’ apartment) which bear testament to its occupation at the...Read more