Hôtel des Invalides

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Located on the left bank of the Seine, near the Alexandre III bridge, l’Hôtel des Invalides, one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris, was built in 1670 by the command of King Louis XIV. At that time, no specific location existed to house wounded and homeless veterans who had fought for France. The building itself is an architectural and classical masterpiece, designed by the architect Liberal Bruant . Built from 1671 to 1676, the first residents were received three years later, although the construction was incomplete.

The complex of the Hotel des Invalides, includes the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides named also “the Church of the soldiers”, which combined a royal chapel “le Dôme des Invalides” and the veteran’s chapel. With a magnificent golden dome of 351 ft. in height, the Dôme des Invalides is the emblem of the Hôtel des Invalides, it contains Napoleon I's tomb, along with the sepulcher of other military figures (Turenne, Vauban, Foch...). The tomb of Napoleon I is an impressive sarcophagus sculpted from red quartzite, that stands in the place of honor.

The impressive building hosts the Army Museum - Invalides, created in 1905, one of the biggest museums of military art in the world. It contains a prominent collection, including old weapons and armor, small artillery models and a unique set of 19th-century items relating to Napoleon I and the marshals of the Empire in particular.

During the second half of the 20th century, the entire site of the Hôtel National des Invalides was opened up to the public. Today, under the Ministry of Defence but also occupied by numerous organizations that are part of other ministries, the Hôtel National des Invalides still retains its original function as a hospital and hospice for badly injured and disabled war veterans.

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Army Museum Invalides and Napoleon Tomb tickets
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Army Museum Invalides and Napoleon Tomb tickets

Buy your skip the line entrance ticket to visit the Army Museum - Invalides in Paris. Discover one of the biggest military art museum!

Duration 24 hours
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Guided tour of the Secrets of les Invalides
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Guided tour of the Secrets of les Invalides

Visit the Hotel des Invalides, one of the most prestigious monuments of Paris at the heart of the city.

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Private guided tour Napoleon and Les Invalides
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Private guided tour Napoleon and Les Invalides

Book a private guided tour of Napoléon and Les Invalides in Paris and discover the glory and decline of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Duration 2 hours
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French military history tour of  l'Hotel des Invalides
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French military history tour of l'Hotel des Invalides

Visit l'Hotel des Invalides: discover the courtyard, the artillery collection, the Cathedral and the Dome, and learn its history and anecdotes.

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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass
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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass

With the Go City® All-Inclusive Paris Pass enjoy access to many sites, art galleries and monuments, hop-on hop-off bus and sightseeing tours.

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Guided bike tour along the Seine
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Guided bike tour along the Seine

Book a guided bike tour along the river Seine and discover the major highlights of Paris! From Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Conciergerie to the Louvre...

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Vintage tour of Paris on a sidecar motorcycle
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Vintage tour of Paris on a sidecar motorcycle

Discover the best of Paris in style with this 40-minute guided tour on a sidecar motorcycle!

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Paris romantic night tour on a sidecar with champagne
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Paris romantic night tour on a sidecar with champagne

Discover Paris by night in a romantic way with this 1.5-hour guided tour on a sidecar motorcycle! See cultural or heritage sights, and drive along little-known streets of Paris!

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Sunrise and sightseeing run in Paris
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Sunrise and sightseeing run in Paris

Book this early bird jog to see and learn about the most famous places and landmarks of Paris!

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Private illumination tour of Paris top sights
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Private illumination tour of Paris top sights

Book this 3-hour private illumination tour and enjoy an evening tour to discover the night sights of Paris|

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Self-balancing scooter tour of Paris with complimentary cruise ticket
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Self-balancing scooter tour of Paris with complimentary cruise ticket

See Paris' major highlights with this 1.5-hour Segway tour with a local guide and complimentary tickets for a Seine River cruise.

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Running tour of Paris by night
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Running tour of Paris by night

Book this 2-hour running tour of Paris by night and discover the illuminated streets, bridges and monuments that make Paris deserve the title of City of Lights.

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Hôtel des Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

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Reviews Hôtel des Invalides

5/5
Lillian, Jan 20, 2015

“We saved a lot with the 6 day pass for our week vacation. Definitely would suggest to people who are visiting Paris”

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Christian, Jun 08, 2024

“Une place et un musée remarquables.”

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Daniela, Jun 08, 2024
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Marisel, May 30, 2024
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