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NAPOLEON AT LAFFREY | MEADOW OF THE ENCOUNTER | 1815-2015

NAPOLEON AT LAFFREY | MEADOW OF THE ENCOUNTER | 1815-2015

NAPOLEON AT LAFFREY | MEADOW OF THE ENCOUNTER | 1815-2015

Interactive picture of the temporary exhibition (June 15 to September 15, 2015) commemorating the date of March 7, 1815 
and modelling 3D of the equestrian statue of Napoleon (E. Frémiet)
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History of a major historical site

The Meadow of the Encounter at Laffrey is a major historical site!

On 7 March 1815 this is where the troops of King Louis XVIII waited for Napoleon who had left the Island of Elba to reach Paris in order to regain power. Not only Napoleon managed to rally the king’s troops at his side avoiding an armed clash, but he also left with a bigger army.

The road taken by Napoleon became a popular tourist road which is called Route Napoleon since 1932.

In 1929 the site became a « Departmental Domain ». Initially erected in 1868 on the Place d’Armes in Grenoble until the 1870’s, the statue of Emmanuel Frémiet was inaugurated there in 1930.

protected area :

The southern part of the site is listed since February 1931. The northern part is registered since 1943 like the whole lake of Laffrey.

In 2015 for the bicentenary of this event the Meadow of the Encounter is refurbished. The statue of Napoleon is restored by Frédéric Barbet and a temporary installation is set up, from 15 June to 15 September, to enable the visitors and the users of the Route Napoleon to experience the meeting of March 7, 1815.