Hotel Des Invalides, Paris

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Address: Place Vauban, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: +33-144423877

Ticket Price: 9 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Hotel Des Invalides, Paris

This historic complex is a history or military lover’s paradise. The Sun King ordered the construction of Les Invalides as a retirement home for France’s disabled and impoverished veterans, but this large complex gained fame that far outstripped its noble intentions. The military paraded around the Court of Honour.  A chapel was established, which the residents were to attend daily. A separate chapel, the Eglise du Dome, a triumph of French Baroque architecture, was built for the sole use of the royal family. On 14th July 1789, it was stormed for muskets and cannons for use against the Bastille the same day.  Napoleon was entombed here, as were many of France’s other military leaders. Over three decades, a museum dedicated to the military was formed. Two more museums have been added since, and a doctor’s facility. Now too large to simply carry out it’s original purpose, the Invalides works to commemorate France’s wartime history.Make sure to check out the clever miniature reproductions of famous forts in the Relief Maps Museum.

Hotel Des Invalides Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Charles de Gaulle Monument is closed on Mondays.
  • 1st Monday of every month, Only the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I), Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides and artillery trail are open. On the 1st Monday in July, August and September, the whole museum is open.
  • During the Christmas holidays and springtime holidays, the museum is open until 5.30 pm.
  • On Tuesdays from 1 April to 30 September 2013, the Dome and Modern Department are open until 9:00 pm.
  • In July and August, the Dome Church (tomb of Napoleon I) is open until 7:00 pm.
  • Visit the Army Museum, the Relief Maps Museum and the Museum of the Order of the Liberation; Visit the Church of St. Louis; visit the crypt.

How To reach Hotel Des Invalides by Public Transport

  • Place Vauban

Restaurants Near Hotel Des Invalides

  • Glou
  • Pizza Chic
  • Baratin

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Hotel Des Invalides, Paris Reviews

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  • If you are a fan of anything military related, you need to visit this place. To be honest though I think there would be something in here to attract everyone. We saw less than half of what they had and it was great. My boyfriend really enjoyed seeing the WWI and WWII exhibitions, and getting to see and hear about the wars from a French perspective. I enjoyed seeing all the uniforms of the different countries and squadrons, as well as looking at the various styles of propaganda used throughout the wars.

  • Do medieval weapons and armours interest you? Are you interested in seeing some of the finest craftsmanship in military equipment history? Do you like cannons? Bigger cannons? And huge ass mortars? Does the history of WW1 interest you in any way? Are you keen to see the equipment, weapons, tools and vehicles from WW2 era? Would you like to see the enormous tomb of Napoleon under an enormous dome? If you answer yes to any one of the questions, this is the place for you. Devote at least 4 hours if you are not planning to make a speed run (which I do not recommend). One problem was a great majority of the info regarding the exhibits were in French only. You would get the name in French, English, German etc., but the explanation part would be in just French. I used Google Translate instant translation to some extent, but this is definitely a shortcoming for this place. Other than that it is a lovely building and the exhibits are very well laid out, you do not get lost or have to branch off to see everything. I PERSONALLY PREFER A LINEAR EXPERIENCE IN MUSEUMS.

  • Pretty cool Museum. The ticket buys you access to all 5 parts so there is no way it's not worth it. The museum is laid out nicely as well and my reccomendation would be shell out the 6 euros for the audio guide which does make all 5 parts much better.

  • The exhibits and overall experience is priceless, especially if you are interested in WW2, military, the French resistance and Charles de Gaule. The description on almost all exhibits is only, in French though so unless you feel comfortable with French, a tour guide is recommended (you would have to pay extra for that)

  • We really enjoyed this museum and feel it is under recognized. This museum is large and contains so much. You can see armor of all varieties even some from other countries. There are a few of the past Kings armor and some from when they were boys. The weapons are so detailed and ornate and we spent a great deal of time here and are so glad we came.

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