Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Napoleon's Tomb - L'Hotel Des Invalides, Paris

I've just got back from my holiday in Paris, and decided to upload some of the military related photos that I took during the six days I was there. Obviously lots of sights to see (I've the sore feet to prove it), which can't fail to impress anyone involved in the wargaming hobby whatever their chosen period. I'll post these up in sections anyway, which will be easier to browse on the site.

Napoleon's Tomb is situated in the Église Du Dome (Dome Chapel) to the rear of L'Hotel Des Invalides which houses the National Army Museum. As many would already know Invalides was originally started by Louis XIV to lodge veterans from his wars, but Napoleon I reorganized it and converted Saint-Louis Chapel into a National Military Pantheon. It was in 1840 with the creation of Napoleon's tomb under the Dome that it was finally esatblished as such. Included under the Dome, near Napoleon, are the tombs of Viscount de Turenne, Marquis de Vauban, Napoleon's Son (The King of Rome), his brothers Joseph and Jerome and also Marshal's Foch and Lyautey.

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