Les Invalides – Paris

Louis XIV, the king who built the Palace of Versailles, in 1670 commissioned the construction of Les Invalides, a shelter, to care for wounded, old, crippled or fragile soldiers and ensure their livelihood.

In the complex of Les Invalides there is also a large church surmounted by a golden dome, under which is the tomb of Napoleon, which attracts many tourists. 

The gold of the dome is real and was applied to celebrate the bicentenary of the revolution.

Napoleon’s ashes were brought to Les invalides by Saint Helena on December 15, 1840. In 1861 they were moved to the crypt, to a tomb designed by Visconti. 

Les Invalides is also home to the Musée de l’Arme and the Musée des Plans-Relifs.

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