Under the Imperial Heritage heading, you can find out about all the treasures in the member towns relating to the First and Second French Empires. In just one click, you can learn about their history by consulting the pages devoted to historical heritage and you can soak up the imperial atmosphere.
Under the Groups heading, you will find a tourist offer specially designed for associations, businesses and tourism professionals as well as all the practical information necessary to help you organise your visit. Whether you wish to come independently or as a group, the Tourist Offices are at your disposal.
Under the Imperial Town Network heading, is specially intended for towns and Tourist Offices.
RUEIL-MALMAISON, Imperial Town.
NAPOLÉON 1er and JOSÉPHINE
Less than 6 miles from the capital, Rueil-Malmaison offers visitors a pleasant dip into History. In addition to the famous Château de Malmaison, residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Empress Josephine, visitors can discover the delights of a town which charmed the Imperial couple. Furthermore, the Empress lies beside her daughter, Queen Hortense, mother of Napoleon III, in the church Saint Pierre-Saint Paul in the heart of the town. "I consider the inhabitants of Rueil as part of my family" declared Napoleon III, reminiscing about the happy childhood days spent with his grandmother at Malmaison
Compiègne, Ville Impériale
At the confluence of the rivers Aisne and Oise, at the edge of one of the largest national forests in France, the town of Compiègne, at the heart of the Compiégnois area, enjoys a truly exceptional geographical position.
The setting for many events in the history of France, Compiègne is a town where life is good and the memories of a rich past are carefully preserved.
The Imperial Palace and park, Town Hall, churches, museums and pedestrian zones bear witness to these riches that visitors can explore at will.
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Fontainebleau, Ville Impériale
Located on the outskirts of Paris, with its chateau and historical sites in both the town and the forest, Fontainebleau is a must for imperial history enthusiasts. It enjoys an imperial hertiage passed down for Napoleon I and Napoleon III, and their wives, the empresses Josephine, Marie-Louise and Eugénie.
Saint-Cloud, ville impériale
NAPOLEON I and NAPOLEON III
Saint-Cloud is located on a hillside 3 miles west of Paris. The town overlooks Paris and affords its inhabitants an outstanding living environment, particularly enhanced by the proximity of the "Domaine National de Saint Cloud" a hurge park of 460 hectares, many green spaces, and a historical and cultural heritage.
The history of Saint-Cloud is very closely linked to the history of the First and then Second Empires.
Saint-Leu-La-Fôret, Ville Impériale
Hortense de Beauharnais and Louis Napoléon
From 10th June 1852 to 4th september 1870, Saint-Leu-La-Forêt was called Napoleon-Saint-Leu-Taverny. This show how strong the memory of Napoleon was in this beautiful Val d'Oise town. The origin of this name goes back to 1804 with the acquisition of the two castales in Saint-Leu by Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon I's brother : the top one, built in 1645 on the site of the Montmorency feudal castla and the bottom one, built in 1693 on the stonghold of Ort. Louis Bonaparte kept only the bottom castle, as his wife, Queen Hortense, Empress joséphine's daughter, wished to take full advantage of the estate and its gardens.
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Autun, a town of art and history that has a rich 2000 years old heritage is located in the heard of Burgundy, at the entrace to the Regional Natural Park of the Morvan.
It is internationally renowned for its cathedral, which houses one of the masterpieces of Roman art, and it is also known fo its Gallo-Roman heritage....but Autun was also a haven for Napoleon Bonaparte and especially his brother Joseph who was educated there for five years.
Napoleon, destined for a brilliant military career, was only there for a short time in 1779 when he stayed with Bishop Monseigneur de Marbeuf, nephew of the gouvernor of Corsica. He and his brother were enrolled at the College of Autun.
At the end of April 1779 Napoleon left Autun for Brienne. However, he apparently enjoyed his stay in Autun as he returned there five times between 1798and 1815.
Office de Tourisme d'Autun
13, rue Général Demetz
71 400 AUTUN
MONTEREAU-FAULT-YONNE - Ville Impériale
Located only 15 miles from Fontainebleau and less than 62 miles from Paris, Montereau Fault Yonne is a beautiful city which combines the preservation of a rich heritage with an innovative, rational and harmonious development of its territory. It your first thoughts are for the beautiful stones, do not fail to admire the frescoes and statues that have blossomed in the four corners of the town and which bear witness to Napoleon's arrival in the city in 1814
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Brienne-Le-Château, two hours east of Paris by the A5 motorway, is located in the heart of the countryside of the great lakes region of Champagne, in the " Parc Naturel Regional de la Forêt d'Orient" and less than 20 miles of the de Gaulle Memorial in Colombey-le-deux-Eglise.
The town has close connections to the Napoleonic era.
The Emperor visited the town 3 times.
First of all between 1779 and 1784 when he attended the Royal Military School.
Later, in 1805 on his way to Milan to receive the Iron Crown, he made a detour to return to his childhood haunts.
Finally in1814, the Campaign of France began with the battle of Brienne on January 29th 1814.