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A visit to the castle of Compiègne located one hour from Paris
The château de Compiègne is located not far from Paris, it is easy to access because it is located next to the A1 freeway.
The construction of the castle began in 1380, it has always been a royal residence, most of the time the sovereigns came to spend a few days in Compiegne to hunt in the surrounding forests.
The castle was damaged during the revolution. Napoleon I decided to restore it. Napoleon III also liked the place very much, he could relax far from the Parisian life. Every autumn he organized receptions that were called "les séries". He received a certain number of guests during one week, these guests were fed and lodged and left at the end of the week to be replaced by others. The invitation cards were very coveted. Entertainment was organized to avoid boredom. Nevertheless, many guests complained about the freezing cold in these large, poorly heated rooms.
Once the visit of the castle is done, one can take advantage of it to visit the castle of Pierrefonds located at a few kilometers.
The visit of the castle is essential for the amateurs of the Empire period.