Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur is housed in an elegant neoclassical mansion, the Hôtel de Salm. This Hôtel was built in 1782 by architect Pierre Rousseau for Frederick III, Prince of Salm-Kyrburg. It was burned in 1871 during the Paris Commune and subsequently restored by subscription of medalists. Since 1804 this building has been the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur and the seat of France's highest honors: the Légion d'honneur (1802) created by First Consul Bonaparte, the Médaille militaire (1852), and the Ordre national du Mérite (1963). The current museum was created in 1925. It displays a history of France's honors, medals, decorations and knightly orders from Louis XI to the present, including Napoleonic souvenirs and more than 300 portraits. A special section is also dedicated to foreign orders. Please join us on a guided tour and discover this exceptional collection of military and civil decorations and orders from France and overseas.
About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
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