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Les Invalides Paris

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Les Invalides Tickets and Information

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
  • Invalides or La Tour-Maubourg stop - Line 8
  • Varenne stop - Line 13

How do I buy tickets for Les Invalides in Paris?

  • Tickets Les Invalides and entrance to Musée de l'Armée from 16.00 € (Book your tickets)
  • Combination tickets Les Invalides and Panthéon Paris from 26.10 € (Book your tickets)
  • Ages 0 to 17; free entrance for EU residents
Opening hours:
  • Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Closed on Thursday
Closed: January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th

Les Invalides is a slightly lesser-known sight in Paris. It is a sizable former military complex and consists of buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The original purpose of Hôtel des Invalides was to house injured French soldiers. Today, the complex is most known for housing Musée de l’Armée and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Visit Les Invalides in Paris, France

Les Invalides is located in the 7th district of the French capital, close to the well-known Pont Alexandre III bridge. The old royal chapel, Dôme des Invalides, is the most stunning structure there. Napleon’s Tomb is located beneath the chapel’s golden dome.

Les Invalides houses a number of interesting museums, of which Musée de l’Armée is the most well-known. A sizable collection of historical French army items can be found in the museum. The museum’s earliest object dates back to the 13th century. The collection of Musée de l'Armée consists of weapons, cannons, armor, uniforms, paintings, photographs, and personal belongings of well-known French military leaders.

Visiting Les Invalides and Tickets

Every year, 1.4 million people visit Hôtel des Invalides. An entry ticket is required to visit the sizable military complex. A ticket also provides access to the Dôme des Invalides and the museums in the complex. It is possible to purchase tickets in advance. Would you like to book your tickets for Les Invalides now? Click here for additional information

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History of Les Invalides

Les Invalides was built in 1671 in order of King Louis XIV. Its purpose was to provide shelter for French soldiers who were injured during their service. Les Invalides was the first shelter for military personnel in Europe. The sizable military complex is designed like a small town with its own church and hospital. At the end of the 17th century, Les Invalides housed 4,000 inhabitants. Today, Les Invalides is best known for the Tomb of Napoleon.

The Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte

The Tomb of Napoleon is located in the Dôme des Invalides. The tomb is made of red quartz and rests on a platform made of green granite. Napoleon’s Tomb is located in a crypt that was made especially for it. Twelve large sculptures that each represent a victory for Napoleon encircle the grave monument.

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Three interesting museums can be found in Les Invalides:

Musée de l’Armée

Musée de l’Armée has a sizable collection of historical attributes of the French army. Swords and armor from the past can be found in the museum, along with modern photography and cinema. There are frequently changing exhibitions in the museum.

Musée de l’Orde de la Liberation

The compact museum honors the heroes who had an important role in the liberation of France during World War II.

Musée des Plans-Reliefs

The museum displays an extensive collection war attributes from the time of Napoleon and displays three-dimensional military models from the 17th and 18th centuries. The models were used in the field to choose an attack strategy.

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How do I get to Les Invalides?

The Paris Metro is a convenient and easy way to visit Les Invalides. The old military complex can be reached via Line 8 at the Invalides stop or Line 13 at the Varenne stop.

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