Probably the best looking nursing home ever built! The Invalides was originally a hospital and home for wounded or elderly soldiers, and now houses the military museum and the tomb of Napoleon (among others). It has also retained its function as a hospital and home for disabled war veterans. The famous dome is actually part of a chapel that was an afterthought but I think the dome (inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome) provides striking visual interest to the complex. Without it, it’s pretty much another large-scale building in the Louis XIV style. Today was kind of a surprising great day to take photographs. The sky was a bit ominous but not threatening and the gold of the dome really found its best backdrop I think!
Good ol’ Napoleon:
View of the dome from the nearby Rodin Museum:
Meticulously sculpted shrubbery. Can’t walk on the grass though:
A grass moat! I wanted to jump in and run around:
How to Get There:
It’s close to the Eiffel Tower and you can see it from the Grand Palais but by metro: M8 to La Tour-Maubourg or M13 to Varenne.