"Les Invalides" Les Invalides - Hotel des Invalides Tip by GUYON

Les Invalides - Hotel des Invalides, Paris: 113 reviews and 249 photos

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Louis XIV built this "hotel" to shelter the disable soldiers of his numerous campaigns.
One of my ancesters, a gendarme (French horserider policeman) died there in 1847. At this time, it was a house for retired soldiers.
Napoleon's tomb is here. The emperor's body is protected by 6 coffins and nobody dares to make an autopsy to discover if he was poisened by Hudson Lowe, his jailer, in 1821.
Les Invalides are also the Army Museum which is open from 10AM to 6PM (5PM and 5:30PM on Sunday, on low season).
Ticket : 7 euros
The museum presents uniforms, arms and paintings from the Middle Age to the contemporary time.
During my last visit I was with a couple of American VTers and we had the chance to see a re-enactment in memory of the Napoleon's coronation, 200 years later, on December 2, 1804. I saw a grenadier of the Napolenic guard taking his cellular out of his pocket to answer a call...
My advice : for history lovers (I am)

Address: 129 rue de Grenelle 7e arrondissement
Directions: Metro : Latour-Maubourg
Nearby : Tour Eiffel, musee Rodin

Phone: 331.
Website: http://www.invalides.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 19, 2004
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