Les Invalides is a Paris attraction I was not familiar with before coming here.
But it is a place I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.
The vast Musee de l'Armee is here. This is a French Army museum- the French Army museum, I think it's safe to say.
This was the only full size tank I saw.
French Army Museum boasts having more than 500,000 "arms, armours, artillery pieces, decorations, emblems, paintings and photographs."
I got to see this military band perform. This image is panorama taken with my iPhone 7.
The performance was excellent!
This death toll was 50 million, plus another 30 million civilians. "Allemagne" is Germany, by the way.
beautiful gold domed church which houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
This royal chapel, called today both the Cathedral (or Church) of Saint-Louis and the Dome Church, was built from 1677 to 1706.
Napoleon died in 1821 while exiled on St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.
They were placed at Les Invalides during a state funeral. It would be 1862 when the tomb was completed and Napoleon's remains were placed in this grand and elegant sarcophagus.
An interesting fact, according to Wikipedia, is that Adolf Hitler in 1940, after conquering France, had Napoleon II's remains moved from Austria to here at Les Invalides.
His remains were first buried next to his father's, but after the war would be moved to another corner of the crypt area.
Gen. Ferdinand Foch, is also interred near the Napoleons.
His tomb is powerful in the sense of the large sculpture atop the sarcophagus depicting Foch's body being carried by several of his soldiers.
As if the French Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb were not enough history and culture for one Paris location, Les Invalides also includes the beautiful Cathedral of Saint-Louis.
The church dates to 1676. It was designed for the military veterans and wounded who lived in the "Hotel des Invalides," which, again, was the complex' original purpose.