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"Hotel des Invalides" Musée de l'Armee - Les Invalides Tip by fishandchips

Musée de l'Armee - Les Invalides, Paris: 146 reviews and 344 photos

  Hotel des Invalides
by fishandchips

In 1670, the Sun King (Louis XIV) decided to build this "hotel" to house disabled soldiers. It wasn't an entirely benevolent gesture, considering that the men had been injured, crippled, or blinded while fighting his battles. A gilded dome by Jules Hardouin-Mansart crowns it and its corridors stretch for miles.

The best way to approach the Invalides is by crossing over the Right Bank via the early-1900s pont Alexander-III and entering the cobblestone forecourt, where a display of massive cannons makes a formidable welcome.

There are many things to see here with Napolean's tomb probably the top of most peoples list. It sits on a pedestal in a round room and is a suitable monument to France's most famous war soldier.

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Directions: Off Avenue du Maréchal Gallieni. At Esplanade des Invalides
Phone: +33 1 44 42 43 87

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2006
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