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This great old Military Training School is where Napoleon Bonaparte trained as a very young soldier at 15 years of age. We only seen a small section of the training grounds and a couple of the old barracks buildings on our tour. We did not...More
The front doors were open so we went it. Then we found it was open due to there being a service on , in the beautiful chapel , right at the front. We also could see into the impressive courtyard of the school.
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A complicated answer: The École de guerre (fr: War School) is a French institution for military higher education is not open to the public. The Equestrian area has periodic public events and that area is at those times... More
A complicated answer: The École de guerre (fr: War School) is a French institution for military higher education is not open to the public. The Equestrian area has periodic public events and that area is at those times accessible through a separate entrance. The equestrian events usually require ticket purchases, the Library and Chapels do not but you need to go through a lengthy request process. Bear in mind, this is the "West Point" of France.
Two of the chapels can be visited by prior arrangement. The chapel known as the Pupils' Chapel is today the officers' mess, and the main chapel, with its light composition of Corinthian columns and nine paintings of the life of Saint-Louis, is a masterpiece of Louis XVI style. During the Empire this chapel was used as a ballroom and on one notable occasion the Emperor's birthday celebrations (organised by Bessières) were held there. The great formal staircase and salon des Maréchaux are not open to the public. On the other hand, the library of DEMSAT (the Army Education department) is open to all. Here visitors can admire period woodwork and paintings as well as a marble fireplace bearing representations of two cadets in their uniforms. Exhibitions of rare and ancient books are frequently organised. Hence in 1998, Egypt Year, there were exhibitions here on the Egyptian and Syrian campaigns and restorations were undertaken on the theme of the Description of Egypt.