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Colonne de la Grande Armée

Monument (WIMILLE)


Spoken languages : anglais


Rising to a height of 54 metres, the Column of la Grande Armée, or Napoleon's column, is the tallest in France. At the top thrones a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, turning his back to the sea and therefore to his enemy, England. It commemorates both the Camp de Boulogne, which posed a threat to Great Britain from 1803 to 1805, and the first time the "Légion d'honneur" was ever awarded, right here in 1804. Built of local Marquis marble in a Corinthian style, it was not finished until 1841.