Monday, September 24, 2012

Les Invalides (Paris part 4)

While in Paris we also made a stop at Les Invalides
to see the French Military Museum and Napoleon's Tomb.  

Louis XIV had it built in the late 1600's as a 
hospital for elderly and injured soldiers.

It happened to be free to enter that weekend in honor of European Heritage Days.
We spent several hours in the Musee de l'Armee
which covers French military history through WWII.
We only toured the WWI and WWII area which took a few hours.  
It it a terrific museum, very thorough and interesting with plenty of English translations. 

In 1840, Napoleon was entombed under the dome.
Some of his family members and some other military heroes
are also buried at Les Invalides. 


The French Baroque dome is fantastic.  
It takes your breath away when you step into the space.  

This museum visit went much better than the previous day's visit.
No wars at the war museum.



  1. Wow, imagine that being your local hospital! Great shots! :) Danica Martin

  2. Thanks,Danica! It was pretty fantastic!!


  3. What a great place. I think I'd really enjoy it here with my interest in history, wars etc. The domes look just divine, your second and third photos are fantastic.


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