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In the 18th century the Salon emerged as an important social meeting place for prominence and for the ambitious during the Enlightenment.
Salons were always hosted by women. Salons provided good food, entertainment in the form of poets, and singers. The salon was an opportunity to talk as a community or just as a little group. The salons carried on for many years and into the 19th century, where Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly met Josaphine at one of these social gatherings.
Enlightenment salons ignored traditional social taboos. Guests included adherents of all religions and provided Jews with an opportunity to socialize outside of the Jewish community. Jews even hosted their own salons. Salons were frequented by the nobility, but the salons were not just open to the nobles.
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