Les Invalides: Appreciating Champs-Élysées will take its fair share of time. Near Arc de Triomphe, you can hop on a Big Bus and head straight to Les Invalides. With its golden dome and ornate features, this 17th century hospital stands as an example of Baroque architecture and is home to the richly decorated tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The sprawling historic complex houses several fascinating museums to stunning marble-clad tombs. The different amazing parts of the complex that you can visit are: The Army Museum, the Museum of Military Models, the Museum of Contemporary History, and the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
While the likes of Louvre Museum is on the every tourist's Must Visit list but do you know of an another very significant Museum in Paris which is a kind of tribute to the Military Force of France . The museum is housed in a building complex called Les Invalides !What was originally built as a retirement home for war veterans , it still houses various monuments & a hospital as well. It's popularly knows as Hotel National des Invalides or the building with a golden dome.And the surroundings of Les Invalides are the ones to die for too !!
The complex of buildings known as Les Invalides. It consists of museums and monuments related to the military history of France. The most recognizable and well-known part of Les Invalides is the Dôme des Invalides, a gold-domed building now used as a burial site for a number of the country's soldiers.Napoleon Bonaparte, whose last wish was to be buried at the banks of the Seine River, died on the island of St. Helena and was buried there until King Louis-Philippe decided to have his body exhumed and returned to Paris in 1840. He chose to have him entombed at Les Invalides.
14. Les Invalides Les Invalides, which is the gorgeous domed building that used to be the military hospital but now houses Napoleon’s Tomb (skip going in). That is all really close to Champs de Mars, the park that runs under Eiffel Tower. Really nice and pretty area., with great restaurants also hidden throughout. (Image credit: Pantchoa)
What I really liked while we were walking through the tomb were the painted glass windows. I really loved how detailed, yet seemingly simple they were. Also, there were not only just tombs and arms, but little scale-models and soldier-figures as well.And after wandering around for a while, we finally got to the créme-de-la-créme of the expo, Napoleon’s final resting place. Wikipedia says: “Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, butKing Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840, an event known as le retour des cendres. Napoléon’s remains were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place, a tomb made of red quartzite and resting on a green granite base, was finished in 1861.''