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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    “Les formes matérielles d’une rêve céleste”
    ‘the physical remains of a heavenly dream’
    (Emmanuel de Las Cases 1800 – 1854)

    Napoleon Bonaparte died of Pyloric cancer on May 5 1821 on the island of Saint Helena. A delicate political situation!

    News of his death from London was announced in Paris the following July.

    Napoleon was initially buried in the Sane Valley on Saint Helena aka Valley of Willows, Geranium Valley, the Valley of the Tomb - in French ‘la vallée du Géranium’. It is said that Bonaparte chose this site himself if his ‘cendres’ were not to be returned to France.

    But twenty years later Franco-British relations had thawed considerably and there were some new problems in the Middle East.

    On July 7, 1840, British and French representatives boarded 'La Belle Poule' – a frigate painted black for the occasion—to begin the journey that would later be called ‘le Retour des Cendres’: the return of the 'ashes' of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    The Emperor’s remains arrived in Paris on December 15 1840 and processed down the Champs-Élysées to a temporary site at St. Jérôme’s Chapel at Les Invalides.

    “Tout au long du parcours ce fut un délire d’enthousiasme donnant à penser que la résurrection de l’Empereur venait de se produire.”

    The final resting place and the necessary renovations at the Église du Dôme were not finally complete until 1861.

    No expense was spared.

    Bonaparte's body lies in six separate coffins made of iron, mahogany, two of lead, ebony, and an outer one of red porphyry.

    The tomb sits on a green-granite pedestal surrounded by a list of his great victories on the floor around him:

    Rivoli (Jan.14–15,1797)
    Pyramides aka Embabeh (July 21, 1798 )
    Marenco aka Marengo (14 June, 1800)
    Austerlitz, aka Battle of the Three Emperors (Dec. 2, 1805)
    Iéna (Oct. 14,1806)
    Friedland (June 14, 1807)
    Wacram aka Wagram (July 5–6, 1809)
    Moscova aka Moskow (Sep 14, 1812).

    Napoleon’s tomb incarnates France’s 'gloire', renewed and vanquished: "Une rêve céleste"!

    It really is a sight to see!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !!!!!!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL !!!!!!!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SOUTHCOP 'n VIOLET ORANGE too !!!!!!!!!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN, SEAN 'n POPS too !!!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Man thanks MIKELV !!!!!!!!!!!
    6. Artistinside Artistinside, 7 years ago
      Excellent Research, bravo...
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ARTINSIDE, MANIKIN, TREY, BLUNDERBUSS 'n JEWELS too !!!!!!
    8. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      You shore must have plenty of postcards & believe it or not I just noticed that it looks as if your post cards have you name printed onto them like the rest of the writing. Take care Kev I hope all is well down there we are just getting ready to come into the wet season here.
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ZOWIE 'n FORTAPACHE too !!!!!!!
      Thunderstorms ahead !!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TEDSTRAUB !!!!!!!!
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      Many thanks MUSIKCHOO !!!!!!!!!
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      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMHIM !!!!!!!!!!
    13. Budek Budek, 7 years ago
      What an impressive history, Thanks Kevin!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TONY !!!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM !!!!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON !!!!!!!
    17. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Hi I hear there has been some bad storms down there it looks as if you are getting our wet season. Take care have a great day.
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks LISA 'n ZOWIE too !!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!!!!!!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM !!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY10456 !!!!!!!!!
    22. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      As always dear man
    23. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Fascinating reading. Thanks :)
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!!!! 'N VINTAGEFRAN too ....
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks BRUNSWICK !!!!
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      Many thanks CAPERKID !!! !!!! !!!
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      Many thanks NEWFLD !.!!!.!

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