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Napoleon's Tomb - Les Invalides, Paris: 64 reviews and 135 photos

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?Le Petit Caporal?: was he just another megalomaniac, a restless visionary with a plan to unite Europe that was only about 200 years too early, a civil reformer, or even a great general? You could probably buy an argument with any of those propositions, not just in France but in most of the countries he touched with his influence.

His story is well known through retelling many times in various forms of media. Suffice to say that he died in exile, a prisoner of the British at St Helena Island on 5 May 1821. Was he poisoned as he claimed, or was his death (as recently suggested) a result of stomach cancer? Either way, he was laid to permanent rest here in 1840. His remains rest inside six concentric coffins like a russian doll. These all are enclosed in a huge sculpted porphyry sarcophagus under the gilt Dome of the Invalides. A steady stream of visitors comes, if not to pay respects, at least to visit.

Main photo: Dome of the Invalides
Second photo: Napoleon?s sarcophagus under the dome
Third photo: Inside the dome of the Invalides.

Address: Hôtel Nationale des Invalides
Directions: You can't miss the huge gilt dome from most of Paris.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 26, 2006
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