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Royal Military Academy was founded by Louis XV in 1751,
with the help of Madame de Pompadour and the financier
Duverney. Its objective was to make poor gentlemen into
military men. Napoleon Bonaparte was trained here in
1784. The architect of the building, constructed in 1752,
is Gabriel. The chapel where Napoleon graduated was not
completed until 1769.
The Military Academy consists of a central pavilion with two wings added under the Second Empire, as well as a courtyard of honor. Inside is the chapel decorated by Vien and the salle des Maréchaux, decorated in a Louis XV style.