Hôtel national des Invalides - Paris

This building, eye-catching for its magnificent gilt dome, is one of the most important monuments in Paris. Fronted by a vast esplanade bordered by fosses and fortifications in the style of Vauban, stands the Hôtel des Invalides, founded by Louis XIV for his armies' wounded soldiers. The superb edifice inaugurated in 1706, is the work of Libéral Bruant and Jules Hardouin-Mansart. This huge area of 127,000 m2, is home to two churches and three institutions: the Musée de l'Armée, le Musée des Plans-reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération. Napoleon's grandiose tomb has been placed in the Saint-Louis church.

Things to see:
The buildings surrounded by cannons
The gilt dome which tops the building
The Eglise Saint-Louis
The tomb of Napoleon by Visconti (1842)
The low-relief sculpture of Louis XIV on horseback near the central portal

Things to do:
Visit the Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum), Musée des Plans Reliefs (Relief-Maps Museum), and Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération (Museum of the Order of the Liberation)

The Petit and Grand Palais
The Pont Alexandre III (bridge)
The Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum)
The Ecole Militaire (Military Academy)


Normal rate :7,5€ for musée de l'Armée, musée des Plans-Reliefs, Tombeau de Napoléon and exhibitions / Reduced rate :5,5€

Address : Esplanade des Invalides Paris France

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