les invalides

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les invalides
53 boulevard de la tour-maubourg
paris, france 75007

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Les Invalides, or more officially known as L'Hôtel national des Invalides (French for "The National Residence of the Invalids"), is a series of museums and crypts dedicated to French military history.

Under the central dome of the structure is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), whose remains were repatriated here in 1840, and then placed in their present tomb (made of red quartzite and resting on a green granite base) in 1861.

photo: Mike Renlund @ flickr

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The dome of Les Invalides was a direct influence on the U.S. Capitol dome, after the designer Thomas U. Walter visited here and was impressed by it.

photo: Rodney @ flickr