(meet guide at designated location - no transportation included)
This unusual guided tour will offer you the opportunity to enter into the heart of the Hôtel national des Invalides, and into areas that are normally closed to the public. You will discover anecdotes, unusual facts and legends all along the tour.
Your guide will begin with a presentation of the history and architecture of Les Invalides, which will allow you to get an insight of the daily routine of the residents who lived there in the 17th century.
As a privileged visitor, you will discover the splendid reception halls of the Army Museum, the Grand Salon, and the Ornano Salons. Your guided tour will then continue in the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides where you will discover some stories related to the French Revolution as well as the mysterious presence of Rouget de Lisle at Les Invalides.
Your guided tour will end at the monumental Dome Church –a military pantheon in which the graves of Turenne, Vauban, Foch, Lyautey and Napoleon I are housed under its magnificent golden cupola. Your guide will tell you the mysterious works that were carried out to build the Dôme des Invalides, the extraordinary adventures of Napoleon statue, as well as legends about the Emperor’s death in 1821 on the island of St. Helena.
Availability: Saturday, Sunday, And Monday - 10:30am or 3pm