The Invalids and Napoleon's Tomb in Paris


The National Palace of the Invalids (Hotel des Invalides) is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Paris, especially for hosting the famous tomb of Napoleon I or Napoleon Bonaparte.

Visit to Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb

A little history

Invalids was born as a place to shelter former war veterans, an office where France was always involved, and residence for retired soldiers and soldiers. Also this place was built to house the so-called 4,000 invalids, old invalid fighters.


This place was also famous as it left more than 32,000 weapons before taking Bastille in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

Napoleon's Tomb

Today it houses the famous tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Army Museum (Musée de l'Armée), a museum with armor collections, war history of the First and Second World War as well as the wars under the sad colonial past French.

Invalids and the Army Museum

Invalides include several spaces that can occupy you until mid-morning, since the complex is large and everything depends on the time you spend in each room.

  • Parade
  • Church of the Dome and Tomb of Napoleon I
  • St. Louis Cathedral of the Invalids
  • Gallery of ancient weapons and armor
  • Space of the two world wars
  • Unusual Gabinétes
  • History of Louis XIV to Napoleon III
  • Charles de Gaulle's history

Access central courtyard is free, but both the entrance to the museum and the visit to the Napoleon's tomb you have to buy a single ticket at any ticket office.

The Invalids - Army Museum
St. Louis Cathedral of the Invalids

The Patio de armas is free of charge where you can see a multitude of canyons and is the main access to the halls of the Army Museum. In the courtyard you can see more than 70 bronze cannons dated between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Napoleon's Tomb
Napoleon's Tomb

For us the perfect excuse to discover the disabled is to visit the Dome church and the Tomb of Napoleon I. It is accessed from the back of The Invalids

The Dome Church is a place that was reserved for solemn or major events, being also the soldiers church. Already in the nineteenth century the famous tomb of Napoleon I was built and his mausoleum separated with a beautiful e huge stained glass window. From the tomb of Napoleon I stands out its huge "sarcophagus" and the dome above it. The truth is that this place impresses.

WWI and WWII Gallery
WWI and WWII Gallery

In addition to the courtyard and tomb of Napoleon I, the Museum of the Army of the Invalids has a weapons and armor gallery unique old. It has one of the best existing collections of armor and one of the largest in the world, perhaps because many were from the french royalty.

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St. Louis Cathedral of the Invalids

Another reason to visit this place is the collection of weapons and uniforms of the First and Second World War. Although the WWII London Museum or that of the St. Petersburg Army impresses much more, if at the historical level it follows a thread that engages and captivates, so it certainly deserves a visit.

Practical data

How to get?

  • Metro 8 La Tour-Maubourg
  • Metro 13 Varenne
  • RER C Invalides

How much?

  • Admission: € 12
  • Schedule from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to October 31
  • Schedule from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 1 to March 31
  • You can take pictures without flash 🙂

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