The Special Military School of Saint-Cyr

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Guer - Camp Coëtquidan - Ecoles de Coetquidan © Nitot/cc-by-sa-3.0

Guer – Camp Coëtquidan – Ecoles de Coetquidan © Nitot/cc-by-sa-3.0

The École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM, literally the “Special Military School of Saint-Cyr”) is the foremost French military academy. It is often referred to as Saint-Cyr. Its motto is “Ils s’instruisent pour vaincre”: literally “They study to vanquish” or “Training for victory”. French cadet officers are named “saint-cyriens”, or “cyrards”. The École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr is located in Coëtquidan in Guer, Morbihan department, Brittany.

French students who enter the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr as cadets are about 21 years old, and undergo three years of training. All ESM cadets graduate with a master of arts or a master of science and are commissioned officers.

First Battalion ESM - Bastille Day 2007 © Marie-Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY 2.5 ESM - Bastille Day 2008 © Marie-Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY 2.5 Flag guard ESM - Bastille Day 2007 © Marie-Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY 2.5 Guer - Camp Coëtquidan - Ecoles de Coetquidan © Nitot/cc-by-sa-3.0
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First Battalion ESM - Bastille Day 2007 © Marie-Lan Nguyen - Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY 2.5
The Academy was founded in Fontainebleau in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte near Paris in the buildings of the Maison Royale de Saint-Louis, a school founded in 1685 by Louis XIV for impoverished daughters of noblemen who had died for France. The cadets moved several times more, eventually settling in Saint-Cyr, located west of Paris, in 1808.

The museum is open to the public and is located on Rivoli court. The permanent collection explores the lives of the saint-cyrien from the end of the ancient regime to today. The collection shows the evolution of the uniform, personal objects, artwork, authentic documents, arms, clothing and family relics.

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