Hôtel des Invalides
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Located on the left bank of the Seine, near the Alexandre III bridge, l’Hôtel des Invalides, one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris, was built...

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Located right in the heart of Paris in the prestigious setting of the Hôtel national des Invalides, the museum is home to one of the largest...

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24 hours
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This guided tour will help you discover one of the most prestigious monuments of Paris in the heart of the city, specifically known as the l...

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From the Sun King Louis XIV himself, to France’s most notorious general, Napoleon Bonaparte, this 1.5 to 2-hour tour will cover some of the ...

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1 hour 30 minutes
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Join a guided visit of l'Hotel des Invalides and the surrounding complex and listen to its history and to a number of fascinating stories, n...

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2 hours 30 minutes
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Enjoy direct access to more than 50 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area!The Paris Museum Pass is available is for 2, 4, ...

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The Paris Pass is the ultimate sightseeing package that will grant you access to over 60 world-famous museums, art galleries, and monuments ...

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Choose a unique guided visit to discover the most emblematic places of the French capital, biking along the Seine River banks. The show begi...

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Discover the best of Paris in style with this 40-minute guided tour on a sidecar motorcycle!The tour starts at Place Vendome. Its regular ar...

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40 minutes
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Take an open-air voyage of Paris by night on a retro-style tour by vintage motorcycle sidecar! Discover the city in a romantic and unusual w...

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1 hour 30 minutes
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If you're a morning person, then join this early bird jog and see the main landmarks of Paris! You'll work out and sight-see before breakfas...

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Découvrez les sites emblématiques de Paris illuminés avec cette visite en 2CV de nuit!Paris s’illumine et vous offre un somptueux spectacle!...

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See all major monuments of Paris in a day with this 3-hour private trip around the city including hotel pick-up and drop-off! You'll visit a...

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3 hours
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Available in: English

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The inside story

Located on the left bank of the Seine, near the Alexandre III bridge, l’Hôtel des Invalides, one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris, was built in 1670 by the command of King Louis XIV. At that time, no specific location existed to house wounded and homeless veterans who had fought for France. The building itself is an architectural and classical masterpiece, designed by the architect Liberal Bruant . Built from 1671 to 1676, the first residents were received three years later, although the construction was incomplete.

The complex of the Hotel des Invalides, includes the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides named also “the Church of the soldiers”, which combined a royal chapel “le Dôme des Invalides” and the veteran’s chapel. With a magnificent golden dome of 351 ft. in height, the Dôme des Invalides is the emblem of the Hôtel des Invalides, it contains Napoleon I's tomb, along with the sepulcher of other military figures (Turenne, Vauban, Foch...). The tomb of Napoleon I is an impressive sarcophagus sculpted from red quartzite, that stands in the place of honor.

The impressive building hosts the Army Museum - Invalides, created in 1905, one of the biggest museums of military art in the world. It contains a prominent collection, including old weapons and armor, small artillery models and a unique set of 19th-century items relating to Napoleon I and the marshals of the Empire in particular.

During the second half of the 20th century, the entire site of the Hôtel National des Invalides was opened up to the public. Today, under the Ministry of Defence but also occupied by numerous organizations that are part of other ministries, the Hôtel National des Invalides still retains its original function as a hospital and hospice for badly injured and disabled war veterans.

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Hôtel des Invalides Place des Invalides, 75007 Paris Paris
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