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Chalet "de l'Empereur"

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, House, Historic district, listed, 19th C in Vichy
  • This other imperial residence, built in 1864 by Lefaure, was intended to compensate for the disadvantages of the first.

  • While it retains the Louisiana style of the Marie-Louise chalet, it responds to the imperial wishes to avoid the crowds of curious onlookers. As a result, its galleries face west onto the Parc Napoléon III. An N surmounted by an imperial crown can be seen above the entrance door. Spacious and bright, embellished with bow windows, this chalet could accommodate his host's many social gatherings or those of his government. It also satisfied his need for privacy during his cures in 1864 and...
    While it retains the Louisiana style of the Marie-Louise chalet, it responds to the imperial wishes to avoid the crowds of curious onlookers. As a result, its galleries face west onto the Parc Napoléon III. An N surmounted by an imperial crown can be seen above the entrance door. Spacious and bright, embellished with bow windows, this chalet could accommodate his host's many social gatherings or those of his government. It also satisfied his need for privacy during his cures in 1864 and 1866. More peace and quiet too. For writing, for example. For, during the summers of those years, the Emperor resided "in the company of Alfred Maury, librarian at the Tuileries, where he wrote many pages of his Histoire de Jules César, the first volumes of which appeared in 1865 and 1866".
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