Les Invalides officially known as L’Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids) is a must see military museum for anyone interested in finding things to do in Paris related to the major wars throughout history. Visitors have the ability to see not only Napoleon’s Tomb, located underneath the Dôme des Invalides, but also check out one of the largest collections of military arms and armaments spanning centuries. Visitors have many choices on things to see and do and walking through the museum in it’s entirety can be done in about half a day.
Because of its location and significance, Les Invalides served as the scene for several key events in French history. On July14, 1789 it was stormed by Parisian rioters who seized the cannons and muskets stored in its cellars which were eventually to be used against the Bastille later the same day. Napoleon was entombed with great ceremony in 1840.
In terms of location, the north front of Les Invalides features Hardouin-Mansart’s chapel dome which is large enough to dominate the long façade. The courtyard (cour d’honneur) to the north is extended by a wide public esplanade where the embassies of Austria and Finland are neighbors of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all forming one of the grand open spaces in the heart of Paris.
Are you planning on visiting Les Invalides? Here is the information you’ll need to know:
HOURS OF OPERATION
- From April 1 to October 31: Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
- From November 1st to March 31st: Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Place Vauban, 75007 Paris, Francee
Phone: +33 1 44 42 38 77