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The national Maritime Museum: photo description (Musee national de la Marine de Toulon)

In France, you can count several museums dedicated to the history of the Navy - military or civilian. Home "naval" the Museum has national status and is located in Paris and other museums are located in major or very major port cities, for example, in Brest, La Rochelle and Toulon.

Toulon Museum, the naval fleet also has a national status. It was opened during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1814. As you know, Toulon was not the last city in the biography of the great Emperor: a successful rebel siege of Toulon in 1793 was the "finest hour" in the military career of the young captain, who, after its completion was raised to the rank of Colonel.

The Museum is housed in the former building of the city Arsenal, which is located on the square Monsters near the clock tower. The Central facade is decorated with sculptures created by the famous master of the XVII century, by Pierre Puget. Atlantes of his work was first established in the mid-seventeenth century on the building of the municipality. But during the Second world war for reasons of preservation of the ancient sculptures were removed and hidden, and then hoisted on the facade of the naval Museum.

Among the exhibits you can see works of outstanding artists, historical documents relating to activities of the port of Toulon, a representative collection of models of ships for different purposes, including ancient galleys and modern aircraft carriers. Here you can also see the ship's instruments, in the form of sailors and the objects of their Hiking life, a collection of old cannons and the first version of the famous machine gun "Maxim", said its weighty word lead during the First world war.

We should also mention the "Russian corner" of the Museum, which contains exhibits illustrating the Russian-French relations. Perhaps crockery and jewelry have not such a direct relation to the Navy, but the Russian exposition seems to be interesting and informative.