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  • Address: 129 rue de Grenelle
  • Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm, except Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, and Dec 25
  • Admission: € 9 per adult

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.

Practical Info

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.

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Paris Walking Tour: Around the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, Including Musée Rodin Gardens and Champ de Mars

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