Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church
The church, whose foundation dates back to the 9th century, houses the tombs of Empress Josephine and Queen Hortense, who wished to be buried next to her mother in the Chapel of St. Nicholas,
On 29th May 1814 Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife died in the Château de Malmaison, her beloved home, surrounded by her children Eugène and Hortense. No vault having been built, her body was then placed in the cellar of the presbytery while awaiting the construction of the funerary monument, which was not completed until 1825.
Made of Carrara marble, this magnificent tomb is crowned by a statue representing the Empress on her knees. Carried out by Pierre Cartellier, it recalls, according to the wishes of his children, the famous painting by David The Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon I and the Crowning of the Empress Joséphine in Notre-Dame Cathedral on December 2, 1804 which can be admired today in the Louvre Museum.
Also to be admired in the church is the organ case offered by Emperor Napoleon III and signed Bacchio d'Agniolo, as well as a gilded bronze bas-relief dating from the 12th century, made by François Anguier for the Val de Grâce church in Paris.
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Access and contact
RER A / Rueil-Malmaison station and then bus n°144 : ‘Eglise de Rueil’ bus stop.
Days and opening hours
All year round, daily between 8 am and 7 pm.
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Guided individual tours on request
- Copyright images:
- Office de Tourisme de Rueil-Malmaison
- Paul Martinez