Napoleon and the Invalides Army Museum
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About this experience
As you may guess from its name, the Invalides was built in the 17th century to give a retirement home and care center for the thousands of soldiers injured and disabled fighting for their country under the Old Regime.
Ordered by the Sun King Louis XIV and designed by Hardouin Mansart (celebrated architect of the Hall of Mirrors), the Invalides was the world’s first veterans home being this large. In addition to the museum, tombs, and military functions that keep the site important today, its original mission is still observed and a number of disabled soldiers are currently boarded in this 300-year-old barracks. The Invalides Cathedral is the chair of the Bishop of the French Armies.
Your qualified and friendly guide will take you on a historical journey. You’ll get into the military theme as you appreciate the finished armor and cannon the XVIIIth century. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.
There are a lot of recent anecdotes too: for instance, during La Resistance under German occupation in the 1940s, two British pilots were hidden in this very building! Charles de Gaulle kept up French morale while leading the Free French Forces, and D-Day was a success thanks to our allies.
After the museum, you’ll enter the church to explore the tomb of the most important military leader in European history. After reclaiming the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his body was returned to France in 1840 and entombed following his wishes in the heart of Paris.
Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on international soil; his body was re-interred here by Hitler in 1940.
Join us on this exciting voyage through battles, disasters, heroism and combined victory!
How to use the voucher
Exchange your printed voucher at the meeting point
This experience is non-refundable
This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
Please meet your guide 15 minutes prior to departure. Included in the tour: Invalides Museum, Chapel, Tomb of Napoleon.
Guided visit of the Invalides Museum
Entrance tickets to the Invalides
Expert, English-speaking tour guide Groups of 20 people or fewer
What's not included
By the news stand at the exit of Invalides Metro station