Les Invalides began as the army hospital, initiated by Louis XIV in 1670 and finished six years later. These days, it is a complex of buildings including a collection of museums, a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, and a chapel which is a burial place of war heroes including Napoleon Bonaparte. The museums include Contemporary History, Maps, as well as Military History.
As is the way with French Kings and their projects, a simple idea to build a place for war veterans to retire grew into a massive and grand statement with fifteen courtyards, a chapel - the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides, and then a royal chapel - Eglise du Dome. Based on St Peter's Basilica in Rome, this latter became the prime example of French Baroque architecture.
Les Invalides is easy to reach. Take metro line 8 to Invalides, or 13 to Varenne or Saint Francoise-Xavier or RER C to Invalides station.
Tours & Tickets
See all the Paris highlights on a morning or afternoon tour, including lunch at the Eiffel Tower and a Seine River cruise. You'll cover Paris' must-see ... Read more
Duration: 5 - 5.5 hrs
Spend a magical night out on the town in Paris. Start your evening with a lamp-lit cruise along the Seine River, then see more of Paris' city lights by taking ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Paris Walking Tour: Around the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, Including Musée Rodin Gardens and Champ de Mars
The Eiffel Tower is spectacular, but there’s more to this part of Paris than meets the typical tourist's eye. On this 3-hour walking tour, you'll get a deeper ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)