"Dome des Invalides" Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides Tip by Pieter11

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The huge church in the middle of the Hotel des Invalides was designed by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Its top reaches an height of 107 metres. In 1989 the dome and the details at the walls were made gold again. In total over 12 kilos of gold was needed for this project. Especially when the sun shines, this dome looks absolutely gorgeous.

But the most famous about the Hotel des Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon. In 1840 the decision was made to bring the body of the emperor from St. Helens to Paris. Artist Visconti made the monument standing on his grave. Napoleon is kept in five different coffins. Two made of metal, two made of wood and one made of stone. He is kept in a basement right under the dome, surrounded by memories of the great things he did for France, and for the world: his personal pride is the conquering of Rome.

His biggest achievements are a great administration of citizens, education of his people, the introduction of a standarised kilo, metre and liter, and the introduction of the constitution.

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Directions: Between Avenue de la Motte-Picquet & Boulevard des Invalides
Phone: +33 810 11 33 99
Website: http://www.musee-armee.fr/collections/les-espaces-du-musee/cathedrale-saint-louis-des-invalides.html

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2005
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