Hotel des Invalides

 

The Hôtel des Ivalides was commissioned in 1670 by Louis XIV in order to provide accommodation and hospital care for wounded soldiers. In 1815, after Napoleon’s abdication, over 5,000 survivors of the Great Army were listed there. Napoleon inspected the place and visited his men in 1808, 1813 and 1815.

The chapel of the Invalides was built at the end of the 17th century by Jules-Hardouin Mansart and contains Napoleon’s tomb. In 1840, during the ‘Return of the Ashes’, a law passed on 10th June ordered the construction of the Emperor’s tomb below the dome of the Invalides.

A national funeral was celebrated on 15th December and the body was laid to rest temporarily in the chapel of Saint-Jerôme until Visconti had completed his work. The coffin was subsequently transferred to the chapel on 2nd April, 1861, in Napoleon III’s presence and set up in a red porphyry sarcophagus in the middle of a circular uncovered crypt.

For more information & details on visiting Les Invalides please click here.

All photos are made up of three different exposures to try and record as much data as possible. Unfortunately I had to handhold the camera due to not being able to use a tripod. This meant I had to use a higher ISO setting than I would have liked.

The dome is impressive and catches your eye as soon as you walk in.

Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides

This is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte which is situated in the centre of the building directly under the dome.

Hotel des Invalides Napoleons Tomb

Hotel des Invalides Napoleons Tomb

The tomb of Marichal Foch. Foch died on 20 March 1929.

Hotel des Invalides Ferdinand Foch

The tomb of Joseph Napoleon who died on 28 July 1844 aged 76.

Joseph Napoleon Tomb Les Invalides

The tomb of the French General Hubert Lyautey who died on 21 July 1934 aged 79.

Hubert Lyautey Tomb Invalides

Hubert Lyautey Tomb Invalides

There is so much more to see at Hotel des Invalides such as the museum which has some amazing collections so I highly recommend you visit if you ever go to Paris. I will finish of with three more images that I took on my visit.

Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides

To see more places I have visited in Paris please click here.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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