Friday, June 21, 2013

June 20, Day 13: L'Eglise Saint Pierre St. Paul (Rueil-Malmaison)

The reason that we couldn't find Joséphine's grave at the Château de Malmaison is because she was interred in Rueil's oldest church, along with her daughter Hortense (Queen of Holland). The present church was built on the site of a 12th-century church. It was built in the fifteenth century and destroyed or badly damaged several times before being restored by Napoléon III (son of Hortense) in 1857; its most recent restoration was in 1990. For the first time, we were able to really look around inside because there was no service.
The Empress' Tomb
Place de l'Eglise (Church Square)

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