Everyone know that Invalides currently houses Napoleon I tomb. But he wasn't always buried there. His body was brought over from the island of St Helena in 1840 (October 15th to be precise) under the orders of King Louis-Philippe. It reached Invalides on December 15th 1840 where the tomb was being constructed. This structure is actually referred to as the Église du Dôme.
You can't miss the ornate gold dome of Invalides which you are see from various view points in the city. A testament to the glory of the Empire. It's real gold, I assure you - no chintz here.
Do you know how much gold leaf was needed to decorate the dome? 12.65 Kilos (about 27.5 lbs). That may not seem like a lot in terms of weight but can you imagine the work that went into laying down these thin sheets of gold?
Invalides is also part of Paris' military museum Musée de l'Armée
Musée de l'Armée
Hôtel national des Invalides
129 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Metro: Latour-Maubourg, Invalides (line 8) or Varenne, Saint François-Xavier (line 13), Invalides (RER C)
Full price entry: 9€
Reduced price: 7€ (war veterans, famille nombreuse, Groups from 10 people, Everyone after 5PM, Paris Visite pass holders)
Opening hours :
From October 1st to March 31st :
Monday through Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 to 17:30
From April 1st to June 14th, and from September 16th to September 30th :
Monday through Saturday: 10:00 to 18:30
From June 15th to September 15th: every day, from 10:00 to 19:00
Nocturnal hours: Tuesdays till 9PM from April till September.
Photos: Yetunde Oshodi
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