Hôtel des Invalides, Paris

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At the centre of the 7th arrondissement on the Left Bank, the grand complex of Hôtel des Invalides is easily recognisable with its magnificent golden dome.


The site if filled with the history of France: built by Louis XIV to house the homeless and wounded veterans of his army, it is there that has been placed the tomb of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The Hôtel des Invalides also hosts three museums: the Army museum, the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, and the Musée des Plans-Reliefs.

The Cour d’Honneur of the Invalids is still used for military parades. A statue of Napoleon known as the Little Corporal by Seurre used to stand at the top of the Vendôme column on Place Vendôme.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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