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"Hotel royal des Invalides" Musée de l'Armee - Les Invalides Tip by Janni67

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


In France, until 1670, there wasn't any institution dedicated to the care of the severely wounded and the lodging of impoverished old soldiers. Louis XIV who paid great attention to the fate of the soldiers that had served in his troops, desired “to
construct a royal building of sufficient size and space to receive and lodge all officers and men who are crippled or old and frail, and to guarantee sufficient funds for their subsistence and their upkeep”.

The architectural project consisted in a great building erected around a large royal courtyard with a church facing north and punctuated by smaller lateral courtyards. The foundation stone was laid on 30 November 1671. Louis XIV in person received the first pensioners who took up residence in October 1674. It took only three years to build the main building and the different courtyards.

This hotel, which at the end of the 17th century housed some 4000 invalids, truly looked like a small town. The invalids organised in companies lead by officers had to obey military orders and follow religious rules. They worked in manufacturing workshops making shoes, woven tapestries and even illuminations.

Today it serves as MUSEE DE L'ARMEE, Army Museum which has for example Napoleons Tomb and large collections of Arms and Armour, Artillery, reduce scale models, historic figurines etc.

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

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2003
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