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Compiègne the Chateau and the Car and Transportation Museum

A chateau has existed in Compiègne since 561, with changing locations. Charles V had a castle built in its present location in 1380. Louis XV completely rebuilt it between 1751-1788. After the revolution, Napoleon had the castle restored. He lived there with his 2nd wife, Marie-Louise. The castle was the autumn residence of Napoleon III and Eugenie during the second empire but became a national museum in 1870 after the fall of the Imperial Regime.

24 October 2009 (Click on slide show or individual images)
Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in the
Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in the
main square
main square
Statue of Joan of Arc in the main square
Statue of Joan of Arc in the main square
Lunch at Le Sol'fe restaurant
Lunch at Le Sol'fe restaurant
Mini-appetizers
Mini-appetizers
Escargots
Escargots
Pippo
Pippo
Brigitte
Brigitte
Coquilles St. Jacques and vegetables
Coquilles St. Jacques and vegetables
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The colonnade entrance of the chateau
The colonnade entrance of the chateau
Apollo staircase with Apollo at the top
Apollo staircase with Apollo at the top
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A colonnaded foyer
View of the park from inside the chateau
View of the park from inside the chateau
Another view of the park
Another view of the park
The Map Room where Napoleon III received guests
The Map Room where Napoleon III received guests
The Emperor's bedchamber
The Emperor's bedchamber
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The bedchamber of Empress Marie-Louise
The bedchamber of Empress Marie-Louise
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Tapestry on the wall
A magnificent ballroom
A magnificent ballroom
Close up of a chandelier
Close up of a chandelier
Evidence of Napoleon throughout the chateau
Evidence of Napoleon throughout the chateau
The Emperor's dining room
The Emperor's dining room
The chateau side of the colonnade
The chateau side of the colonnade
The King's guardroom
The King's guardroom
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t3%2f96%2f463296%2f4%2f119681569.2JY7Va6J.jpg Entrance to the car & transportation museum
Entrance to the car & transportation museum
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The ornate helm of a sleigh
Another sleigh
Another sleigh
Velocipedes
Velocipedes
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An electric-powered car capable of
100 km per hour in 1899
100 km per hour in 1899
Models of early Citroen cars
Models of early Citroen cars
It was a guided visit
It was a guided visit
The main courtyard of the chateau
The main courtyard of the chateau
In the parking lot
In the parking lot