imposing Hotel des Invalides Paris photo from city breakThe Hôtel des Invalides is an imposing seventeenth century building from which the surrounding area takes its name. It was built between 1671 and 1676 by Louis XIV to house aged, unwell or wounded veterans from the king’s campaigns. The Sun King’s Dome Church is a monument to the glory of Louis XIV with its glittering golden roof.

The Dome was recently re-gilded using 100,000 sheets of gold leaf to celebrate the bicentenary of the revolution. You cannot miss the opportunity to view its shining glory on your city break or short holiday in Paris.

The Dome Church is the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte. His body was brought to the Hôtel des Invalides from the Island of St Helena in 1840, nineteen years after he died. In spite of Napoleon’s wish to have his ashes ‘rest on the banks of the Seine’, it was placed inside a superbly crafted red sarcophagus and this lies in the centre of the Dome’s circular glass-topped crypt.

Dome inside Hotel des Invalides Paris - popular holiday attractionThe Museum ticket includes admission to the Army Museum’s permanent collections, which is one of the largest collections of militaria in the World, the Dome Church and the tomb of Napoleon I, the Charles de Gaulle Monument and the Museum of Relief Maps.

Quieter than some other Paris locations Hotel des Invalides is an intersting historic place to visit while on a city break and admission is included with the Paris Pass.

There are some excellent hotels in the vicinity and it is an ideal location as you are close to the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower and the Musée d’Orsay.

Opening Times:
Paris holiday or city break guide to best hotelsOpen every day from 7.30 am to 7 pm (last admission and exit at 6.45 pm)
Tuesdays from 7.30 am to 9 pm

The Army Museum is open every day.
1 April to 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
1 November to 31 March: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Full price: €9.50, Reduced price: €7.50.

Free admission:
Under-18s. Disabled visitors and one accompanying carer.
Civilian personnel of the Ministry of Defence. French soldiers and Foreign soldiers (in uniform).
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