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"Back in history" Musée de l'Armee - Les Invalides Tip by ealgisi

Musée de l'Armee - Les Invalides, Paris: 145 reviews and 339 photos


Louis XIV started the project back in 1670 as a home and hospital for aged soldiers, the name is just a shortened form for L'Hôpital des invalides.

The architect was Libéral Bruant, and the selected site was suburban back in the seventeenth century. The entire project was completed back in the 1676.

The most famous tomb here is the one of Napoleon Bonaparte, he was initially interred on Saint Helena but the King Louis Philippe arranged the remains of Bonaparte to be brought to St Jerome's Chapel back in 1840.

Les Ivalides is also the burial site for some of Napoleon's family members, military officers and French military heroes like:

Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, army general during the First French Empire

Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's elder brother.

Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother.

Napoleon II, son of Napoleon.

Thomas Bugeaud, Marshal of France and conqueror of Algeria.

François Canrobert, Marshal of France.

Geraud Duroc, general who fought with Napoleon.

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, army captain, author of France's national anthem, La Marseillaise.

Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France, Allied Supreme Commander in the First World War.

Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, better known as Turenne, Marshal General of France under Louis XIV and one of France's greatest military leaders.

Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban's heart, designer of Louis XIV's military fortifications.

Pierre Auguste Roques, founder of the French Air Force and Minister of War in 1916.

Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque, Marshal of France, hero of World War II, commander of the famous 2nd Armored Division.

Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Marshal of France, commander of the French First Army during World War II.

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 Jul 8, 2008
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