“Goal achieved for the international signature in favour of the restauration of Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides” with the 836 960 euros raised, the Fondation Napoléon, announces the overachievement of the target for the maintenance of the napoleonic monuments at the Musée de l’Armée Invalides.
To mark the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, on May 5th, 2021, the fundraising has been supported by 2310 donors, French and foreign. The idea was born about two years ago, on May 5th, 2019 as a collaboration among the Muséé de l’Armée and the Fondation Napoléon of Paris.
Restoration work started in December 2019 and gave prestige and glory to the emperor’s tomb, the crypt and the Victoires through the retouch of the gilding and a thorough cleaning of stones and marbles. Other spectacular results were obtained with the restoration of six paintings dedicated to the return home of the ashes of Napoleon and of the Saint-Jerome Chapel.
In the year of Napoleon it is recalled that Marengo is registered as one of the victories that act as crown to the royal tomb and the Union of European Journalists and Communicators has contributed to the restauration obtaining a special thank from the President of the Management Board of the Fondation Napoléon and from the Director of the Musée de l’Armée: the “Diplome de Donateur”.
“Joining this project was a way to honor the fact that Napoleon carried Marengo and those fallen in battle in his heart to the very last day of his life” are the words of Efrem Bovo, delegate who takes care of the UJCE’S initiatives that will resume as soon as possible, covid permitting, in the Marengo Auditorium.