A visit to a long-defunct embassy in Europe
This, briefly, is the context in which one such man raised himself up to the position of one of only two African Emperors, reigning over less than 3 years as a self-styled modern-day Napoléon Bonaparte.
An empty mansion / hotel somewhere in the Alsace.
But the shape is still there, its bones rising grandly against the countryside, a sort of dignified remnant of glory days long gone.
And old ruin in the forests of Eastern France