Located in the rear of Les Invalides is the site of Napoleon’s Tomb. This tomb is in the Eglise du Dome Church which is unmistakable with it’s gold Dome rising above the Hotel des Invalides.
In February of 1821 Napoleon’s health began to fail rapidly. He died two days later, after confession, Extreme Unction and Viaticum in the presence of Father Ange Vignali. His last words were, “France, armée, tête d’armée, Joséphine.”(“France, army, head of the army, Joséphine.”)
On December 15, a state funeral was held. The hearse proceeded from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Élysées, across the Place de la Concorde to the Esplanade des Invalides and then to the cupola in St Jérôme’s Chapel, where it stayed until the tomb designed by Louis Visconti was completed. In 1861, Napoleon’s remains were entombed in a porphyry sarcophagus in the crypt under the dome at Les Invalides.
Napoleon’s Tomb in Les Invalides, sculpted from blocks of red quartzite and placed on a green Vosges granite base, is surrounded by a laurel crown and inscriptions referring to the Empire’s great victories. Surrounding the Tomb, twelve “Victories” sculpted by Pradier symbolise Napoleon’s military campaigns. 8 famous victories are inscribed on the polychrome marble floor.
Planning a visit or tour to the Napoleon’s Tomb in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
Place Vauban, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 42 38 77