Napoleon Bonaparte and his epoch
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After the death of Henry the Second in 1559, his widow, Catherine de Médici, (1519-89) planned a new palace. Catherine de Medicis began the building of the palace of Tuileries in 1564. The name derives from the tile kilns or tuileries which previously occupied the site. The original architect was Philibert de l'Orme. The building was greatly enlarged in the 1600's. The palace was formed by a series of long, narrow buildings with high roofs that created one major and two minor courtyards. Tuileries stood on the right bank of the River Seine in Paris. The southeast corner of Tuileries joined the Louvre.

The great Louis XIV resided at the Tuileries Palace while Versailles was under construction. When he left, the building was virtually abandoned. It was used only as a theater. During the French Revolution, mobs forced Louis XVI and his family to live there under house arrest. For a time, the National Convention held its sessions in the Tuileries. When Napoleon I came into power he made Tuileries his home.

As Napoleon's chief residence Tuileries Palace was redecorated in the Empire Neoclassical by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, after a sculpture by Chaudet. Jacob-Desmalter completed the "great jewelry box" in 1812, with two smaller items of furniture in the same style but using indigenous woods.

Tuileries Palace served as the royal residence after the Restoration. Supporters of the Commune destroyed most of the palace in 1871, but the gardens west of the palace remain. These gardens, covering about 63 acres (25 hectares), still closely follow a design laid out by landscape architect Andre Le Notre in 1664. His spacious formal garden plan drew out the perspective from the reflecting pools one to the other in an unbroken vista that lent the garden a sense of grandeur.

Chad, 1971, King of Rome

Chad, 1971, King of Rome

Comoren Islands, 1989, Invasion of Les Tuileries

DDR, 1989, Invading the Tuileres

Fujeira, 1972, King of Rome

Guinea, 1989, Danton, Rouget de Lisle, Storming of the Tuileries

Madagaskar, 1989, Danton, Storming of Tuileries

Ras al-Khaima, 1970, Arrival Napoleon and Marie-Louise in Tuileries


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