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Les Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb

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This group of baroque, classical buildings was conceived and begun in 1671, intended as a home for several thousand disabled army veterans. A few retired soldiers are still housed there today. As well as living quarters, it was designed to provide a church and chapel, and now also houses museums of contemporary history and military artefacts. Napoleon is interred here alongside a number of other French war heroes. His extravagant and awe-inspiring tomb, positioned directly beneath the church dome, is huge and deathly silent even when busy. The tall sarcophagus, striking in red porphyry and green granite, is surrounded by a circular path edged with twelve pale statues, representative of each of his military victories.

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