Tours: Les Invalides
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Invalides contains some real historical treasures for Napoleonic
enthusiasts, including all
aspects of Napoleon Bonaparte's
Housed within the complex are the
Musée de l'Armée and Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Musée de l'Ordre de
la Libération and L'Eglise de St Louis.
was finished in 1676, although the dome was completed after 1708.
Les Invalides features heavily in the storming of the
Bastille as its store of 28,000 weapons was stolen by the mob
that attacked the fortress on 14 July 1789.
Invalides is probably best known, however, for being the final resting
place of Napoleon Bonaparte.
1840 the former emperor's body was returned to France and, after
a state funeral, was laid to rest. The funeral procession moved
from the Arc de Triomphe down the
Champs-Elysées, across the Place de
la Concorde to the Esplanade and then to St Jerome's Chapel
where his body lay until his final tomb was completed in 1861.
is the Hôtel des Invalides, founded by Louis XIV to look after old
soldiers and this includes the Church of Saint Louis. In its chapels
are the tombs of Napoleon's brothers Joseph and Jérôme, of his son
the King of Rome and of the marshals of France.
uniforms, personal arms, and death bed are displayed in the Musée
de l'Armée in front of the Invalides.
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