The TV show Le Bazar de la Charité (referred to as The Bonfire of Destiny in the U.S.) is available for streaming on Netflix. Based on an actual event, the story begins with the Bazar de la Charité, the yearly charity event, where in 1897, a blaze killed over 100 people, primarily aristocratic women, and injured 200 others. The series follows the life of the survivors and those investigating the fire's cause.
The TV show is a marvel to watch with costumes and sets designed after the Belle Époque in Paris. During the Belle Époque, characterized by relative political stability, economic prosperity and technological advancements from the 1780s to the early 1910s, culture and the arts flourished. The Opera Garnier, Eiffel Tower, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Moulin Rouge were all built during this time. While this era ushered in the growth of beautiful architecture and culture, the show highlights the deep class divisions between the aristocratic families and working class Parisians.
Filming Locations of The Bonfire of Destiny
The show was filmed at various locations within France, some of which can be visited.
The historical site of the Bazar de la Charité, where the fire occurred in 1897, was on rue Jean-Goujon in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. A chapel now sits at this location. However, for the TV show, the interior scenes were shot in a studio, while the exterior shots were shot on rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement, where the Marmottan Monet museum is located.
On the TV show, the Jeansin mansion, where the character Alice de Jeansin lives with her father, mother and siblings, is located on rue Boileau in Paris. It was actually filmed at Château du Prieuré in Évecquemont.
The interior scenes of the Lenverpré mansion, home of the character Adrienne de Lenverpré, her husband and daughter, were filmed at Château de Voisins in Saint-Hilarion. The château was also the filming location for the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 , for the interior of President Snow's mansion. The exterior scenes were shot near the Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissment of Paris, on avenue Velasquez in front of the Nissim de Camondo museum.
Madame Huchon's residence, where Odette's mother cares for Rose Rivière, was filmed at the château de Saussay in Ballancourt-sur-Essonne. Once owned by the barber to the French kings, the two 18th-century châteaux that make up the property face each other at the entrance of a park surrounded by water.
How to visit:
The chateau is open April 1 to September 30. Website