- The day pass at Dome Les Invalides is €12 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in Île-de-France.
Les Invalides or Dôme des Invalides is, all assumptions aside, not a church in the common sense, but the burial place of Napoleon I. The name came primarily from its architecture. At the same time the dome of the building is, with its golden decorations, even from far away an absolute eye catcher. Six kilograms of gold-leaves were used to give the building the special gloss brilliance.
Many famous people in the history of France are buried beside Napoleon in the Krypta of the Les Invalides, such as great parts of his family and major generals or marshals of that time: Napoleons brothers and sons are buried here for example.
Les Invalides was built as a church from 1679 till 1708 in the baroque style and was transformed by law to the buriel place of Napoleon I. in 1840. The dome is integrated within the so called “Hôtel des Invalides”, a complex which was originally built by Louis XIV. as a home for over 4,000 wounded soldiers. In recent years it would become a place for museums and tombs. The four museums “Musée de l'Armée”, “Musée des Plans-Reliefs”, “Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération” and the “Historial Charles-de-Gaulle” are all located within the Hôtel des Invalides.
How to get there
With public transportation:
There are many options to get to the Les Invalides, for example with Metro-lines 8 or 13. Moreover, the bus lines 28, 63, 69, 82, 83, 92 or 93 stop here. Of course you can always get there with a taxi or the RER as well.