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Paris was the main political theater of the Napoleonic era and the First Consul always has a special attachement for the French Capital.
The purpose of this exhibition is to illustrate the complex relations by Napoleon Bonaparte with the capital. For Napoleon, Paris was a place of dual identity, showing both its glorious past of the Enlightenment and its future made with a new vision of an absolutist order.
Paris was the strategic place where administrative decisions were taken and were the politics applied. Paris was the center of political, diplomatic and worldly "Grand Empire", the Tuileries Palace became the official residence of the emperor and welcomes the new court and the elite of Europe.
As a leader and a visionary, Napoleon dreamed big for Paris, wishing big monuments and planning vast projects to underline his own power and glory. The exhibition shows what Napoleon left in Paris, through monuments like the Vendome column, or the tomb of the emperor.