Paris 06

Paris Episode 06 Napoleon’s Paris

The emperor who made Paris his own

This look at Napoleon’s Paris focuses on the Emperor himself and the buildings most closely connected to him: the Arc de Triomphe, begun under his own instructions in 1805 to mark his victory at Austerlitz; the Invalides, where not just his hat and his field equipment, but also his imposing tomb is on display; and the lovely Château de Malmaison, the country retreat he bought for Josephine a few miles out of the city. We examine his legacy too, the changes he made to Paris, and, most illuminatingly, his own remarks in praise of his glories and success!