Château de Malmaison

The Château de Malmaison is a 17th century mansion in the Île-de-France region of central France, not far from the city of Paris. It was purchased in 1799 by Joséphine and Napoléon Bonaparte who commissioned a complete renovation and redesign by architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine. The architects worked to bring to life a style of design that came to be known as Consular & Empire Style, under Napoléon’s direction.

Château de Malmaison served briefly as one of France’s seats of governments at the beginning of the 19th century. It offers a small peek into the style of the empress Joséphine de Beauharnais Bonaparte, while celebrating the military achievements of Napoléon himself.

Château Gardens

Château de Malmaison, France

Château de Malmaison Garden
Château de Malmaison Garden

Château de Malmaison Entrance

Art & Furniture

Napoléon, having gained his position through his successful political and military achievements employed many artists, designers and architects to celebrate his power. Thus, the consular style design was mainly characterized by militaristic elements that depicted war, victory and imperialism. Motifs such as the eagle, palm leaves, and laurel wreaths symbolized the glory of Napoléon.

After changing hands between private owners over the decades, the Château de Malmaison was finally donated to the state of France at the turn of the 20th century. Since 1905, a museum has been opened on the estate property.

I visited the chateau this fall, and got a chance to explore the beautiful gardens and expansive mansion. It’s not far from Paris and can easily be visited in just one afternoon.

Château de Malmaison Foyer with Black and White Checkered Tiles

Château de Malmaison
Château de Malmaison Art

Château de Malmaison Dining Room

Château de Malmaison Portrait of Napoleon
Château de Malmaison Sitting Room

Château de Malmaison Art

Château de Malmaison Bedroom
Château de Malmaison Fireplace French Mantel

Château de Malmaison Chandelier

Château de Malmaison Art

Château de Malmaison
Avenue du Château de la Malmaison
92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France

December 31, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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