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Twelve statues for twelve victories
In 1840, King Louis-Philippe had the coffin of Emperor Napoleon I brought back to Paris: this was the return of the ashes. The Saint-Jérôme chapel in the Dôme des Invalides became his new burial place, while waiting for a tomb to be built in the centre of the Dôme. The coffin was finally placed in a red quartzite sarcophagus on 2 April 1861. All around the sarcophagus, twelve marble statues of winged women, the Victories, represent the victorious campaigns led by Napoleon. Listed as historical monuments, they are the work of James Pradier (1790-1852) and his pupil Lequesne
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