The Hôtel des Invalides, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, is home to the Army Museum. It welcomes visitors who want to plunge into military history, and see the tombs of great historical figures under the dome of Saint-Louis Cathedral.

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Rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris

Military History as told at the Invalides

The Hôtel des Invalides is an emblematic site in Paris, known for holding the tomb of Napoleon I, and for Saint-Louis Cathedral and its dome.


The Army Museum was founded there in 1905. Visitors to it are welcomed by a row of cannons in the cour d'honneur of the Hôtel des Invalides. It is currently one of the world's largest museums of military history and art. Visitors walk through several major spaces, with exhibits including ancient armour and weapons, the period between Louis XIV and Napoleon 3, the two world wars, painting, sculpture, and music departments, and the Charles de Gaulle museum.


You can also see the dome of Saint-Louis Cathedral, transformed over the course of history, first into a royal chapel, then into a military pantheon by Napoleon. The crypt is the last resting place of "L'Aiglon", Napoleon's son, and other family members.