There are numerous stunning mansions to visit in the French capital, but the Compiegne Chateau is a truly breathtaking palace and, set in idyllic surroundings, it makes a fabulous option for those seeking things to do in Paris.
The royal residence was originally built for Louis XV back in the 18th century, but sadly fell into disrepair after the tumultuous French Revolution.
During this time of upheaval, the nation's new authorities sold off many luxurious private possessions for the good of the people and Compiegne did not escape this redistribution of wealth, with many of its treasures sold and the works of art that once populated its walls sent to the Museum Central.
However, Napoleon fell in love with the chateau in 1807 and ordered it to be restored to its former splendour by some of the greatest architects of the day, after which its layout was altered, a ballroom added and the garden replenished and linked directly to the forest.
As a result, Compiegne is now a striking example of the First Empire style that marked Napoleon's era, but visitors will still spot some of the lingering characteristics of its earlier regal decor.
Guests can wander the ornate corridors and breathtaking grounds of the chateau, soaking up its wealth of history and culture, or pay a visit to one of the three distinct museums within: The apartments themselves, The Museum of the Second Empire and the National Car Museum.
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Posted by Kevin Smith