Hotel des Invalides' gilded dome emanates majestically from the deep end of its vast esplanade lawns. Commissioned by Louis XIV in the 1670s as a respite for 4000 invalides (wounded or disabled war veterans) it stands as one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris and as a testament to Louis XIV and Napoléon – the latter's remains lie in the Tombeau de Napoléon [Napolean's Tomb]. Still functioning as a hospice for injured or disabled war veterans, its massive complex also houses the Musée de l'Armée, Musée des Plans Relief and Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération along with two churches.
This is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon's tombe is inside here. Have a visit, it is very oppulent.
On the north front of Les Invalides Hardouin-Mansart's chapel dome is large enough to dominate the long façade, yet harmonizes with Bruant's door under an arched pediment. To the north, the courtyard (cour d'honneur) is extended by a wide public esplanade (Esplanade des Invalides) where the embassies of Austria and Finland are neighbours of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all forming one of the grand open spaces in the heart of Paris. At its far end, the Pont Alexandre III links this grand urbanistic axis with the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The Pont des Invalides is next, downstream the Seine river. The Hôpital des Invalides spurred William III of England to emulation, in the military Greenwich Hospital of 1694.The buildings still comprise the Institution Nationale des Invalides, a national institution for disabled war veterans. The institution comprises:a retirement homea medical and surgical centrea centre for external medical consultations.