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The American Friends of the Château de Compiègne (AFCDC)

The Château, built as a royal residence for Louis XV, became one of only three seats of royal and imperial government in France; the others being Versailles and Fontainebleau. Following the French Revolution, it was restored by Napoléon Bonaparte and became one of his preferred residences. During the Second Empire, Napoléon III also adopted the Château de Compiègne as a favorite residence, and carried out extensive redecoration there.


The goals of the AFCDC include providing support for the ongoing preservation of the Château, as well as increase awareness of its historic and artistic treasures, thereby fostering friendship and cultural interchanges between France and the United States. With the encouragement of our French friends in Compiègne, we envision an organization that will embrace supporters of the Château de Compiègne from throughout the United States. At the same time, the AFCDC hopes to strengthen the long-standing friendship between France and the United States while generating support for this important monument.

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