Les Invalides

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This vast complex was founded in 1675, at Louis XIV's request to take in French ex-servicemen and handicapped war veterans; these men are the invalides for whom the building is named. It was the first French hospital-turned-home to be built entirely for soldiers. The building is adorned with a pretty classical facade, a delightful little garden, a large courtyard and an impressive esplanade. A hospital that cared for hundreds of disabled ex-servicemen, the complex also houses the Eglise du Dôme, Tomb of Napoleon, the Musée de l'Armée, the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and the Musée des Plans-Relief.

Location:  129 Rue de Grenelle, Place des Invalides

Business hours:  Mo-Su 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.