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Category: Monument, Local time: 14:49:40, Address: 70 Rue de Babylone, Paris, France, Tel.: +33 810 11 33 99, Official WWW website:

Les Invalides or L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids) is the largest monument in Paris in France . This complex of buildings, comprising museums and monuments, was originally built as a military hospital. Les Invalides occupies the area of 13 hectares. It is located on the left bank of the Seine River, not far from Avenue des Champs Elysées, accessible along the Promenade des Invalides.

Les Invalides as a symbol

Les Invalides was built during the period of King Louis XIV, in 1678. The gold-coated cupola of the church at the Invalides became the symbol of splendour and pomp of the Sun King. The church with the cupola is considered the master work of the French classical architecture. The walls of the church at the Invalides are decorated with captured enemy´s flags. In July 1789, thousands of weapons that had been stolen by the crowds and used during the storming of the Bastille were brought and kept in the building.

Burial site for Napoleon Bonaparte

The most significant event in the history of Les Invalides was the return of the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte to France. They are buried in the crypt under the gold-coated cupola, along with the remains of other top generals. If you plan to visit the tomb, you should check the opening hours as the crypt closes earlier than the museums. There are several museums in Les Invalides: Musée de l'Armée, Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and L'Eglise de St-Louis-des-Invalides.

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GPS: 48.8569, 2.3126
Altitude: 36 m
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