129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing
Best for History - Expert review of Les Invalides
Les Invalides is one of those places that is a little bit of everything: museums, mausoleum, Baroque church (or rather two), garden, hospital and architectural showcase. Built by Louis XIV as a grandiose gesture of munificence to retired and wounded soldiers (hence the name invalids) it is a grand ensemble of sculpted stone facades, arcaded courtyards, surrounded by cannons and topiaried bushes. The Eglise du Dôme – visible from all over Paris with its shiny gilding – contains the red porphyry tomb of Napoleon, surrounded by reliefs of his achievements as emperor, is a masterpiece of hagiography. Even the Musée de l'Armée can be taken on several levels from the swashbuckling appeal of suits of armour to powerful World War II film footage. The complex also contains the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, scale models of cities used to plot military strategy and the De Gaulle Historial.
9 euros; free under 18s, and EU nationals under 26.
More information on Les Invalides:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Museum, Religious site
- 129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007
- 08 10 11 33 99
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily Apr-Sept 10am-6pm; Oct-Mar 10am-5pm; closed 1st Mon of the month.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Art, History, Rainy days, Napoleon