"Salle du Sacre- End of General Palace Room Tour" Versailles Favorite Tip by hquittner
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Favorite thing: Essentially the last room of your tour of Versailles is the Coronation Room. It once was a chapel and a ceremonial room. It was so named when Louis Philippe decided to convert Versailles into a public museum. He thought the major and minor Arts could properly express the History of France. Of course its greatest leader should have a place. David had made a copy (1822) of his Louvre painting (1807) and it would fit. The other things in the room reinforce Napoleon's primacy: A battle painting by Gros and on the opposite wall from the Sacre, one of Napoleon making awards (also by David). There is a ceiling painting and gilded symbols all along the cornice of successful battles (like the Arc de Triomphe). The Sevres porcelain column shows how far one can carry adulation. (Appropriate T-shirts are not on sale here). There is more on Battles and Napoleon elsewhere in the Palace.
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