This unique tour takes you to the heart of the Hôtel des Invalides to visit areas that are normally closed to the public, including the Grand Salon and the Ornano Salons. Learn about the history of Les Invalides. See Napoleon’s tomb in the Dome Church.
What to Expect
Your guide will begin with a presentation on the history and architecture of Les Invalides on this 90-minute tour, and give you an insight into the daily routine of the residents who lived at the site in the 17th century.
As a privileged visitor with special access you’ll visit the Grand Salon and the Ornano Salons, the splendid reception halls of the Army Museum. Continue on to the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides and the Caveau des Gouverneurs, areas that are normally closed to the public, where you’ll hear stories related to the French Revolution as well as the mysterious presence of Rouget de Lisle at Les Invalides.
The guided tour ends at the monumental Dome Church, a military pantheon housing the final resting places of Turenne, Vauban, Foch, Lyautey, and Napoleon I under its magnificent golden cupola.
Your guide will tell you about the unusual work involved in building the Dôme des Invalides, about the extraordinary Napoleon statue, and about legends surrounding the Emperor’s death in 1821 on the island of St. Helena.
- Admission to Les Invalides and the Army Museum
- Guided tour in French
- Backstage access at Les Invalides (exclusive for participants on this tour)
What's Not Included
- Free visit of the Army Museum after the guided visit
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
Due to renovations, the Grand Salon will be temporarily closed to visitors starting from 15.09.16.
If instructed by the Army Museum or Les Invalides, the tour itinerary could be modified for security or technical reasons. In these circumstances refunds are not available.