NileGuide Expert Says:
Here you’ll find Napoleon’s tomb under a magnificent golden dome, surrounded by reminders of France’s military history
129 Rue de Grenelle, Paris, France
01 44 42 38 77
NileGuide Expert tip:
One single ticket gives access to Napoleon I's tomb and all the museums
Built by Louis XIV as a home for wounded soldiers, the Hôtel National des Invalides is an imposing piece of 17th architecture, now devoted to French military history, with a landmark dome that's one of the top ten sights in Paris. You approach the 200m (665ft)-long façade across a vast parade-ground. Entry to the museums is via the arcaded courtyard beyond. The Musée de l'Armée has one of the world's richest collections of antique arms and armour, an exhibition on world wars and France's part in the American War of Independence and 600 classic French cannons. On the other side of the courtyard, the halls devoted to General Charles de Gaulle use archive film and multimedia rather than objects to tell the life of France's greatest 20th-century statesman. Don't miss the two baroque churches: St-Louis-des-Invalides, the soldiers' church, and the Eglise du Dôme, built for royal use only, with its splendid golden dome and open crypt housing Napoleon's red porphyry tomb.