For French history buffs, a visit to the Hôtel National des Invalides is a must. Located on the left bank of the Seine near Pont Alexandre III, Les Invalides is made up of several sites: the Musée de l'Armée, the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, the Musée Plans-Reliefs, the Cathedral of Saint-Louis and the Église du Dôme.
The Musée de l'Armée houses more than 500,000 objects, including weapon collections, emblems, and paintings. It also offers digital tour guides as a paid extra.
The Saint-Louis Cathedral was designed in 1676 by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
The Église du Dôme is a royal chapel adjoined to the Saint-Louis Cathedral. Standing at 351 ft. tall, it has become a military sanctuary, housing the tomb of Napoleon I. A 30–40 minute interactive visit is available for an added cost, allowing you to discover the history of this iconic part of France from the era of Louis XIV and Napoléon Bonaparte. Its gilded dome is visible from all of Paris's elevated viewpoints.
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