Les Invalides is a complex of buildings that honors the French military. It was built in 1670 as a hospital and retirement home for vets. It still serves that function today as well as many more. Les Invalides is home to military museums and a church that is the burial site of its war heroes, including Napoleon Bonaparte. Les Invalides is where rioters obtained the cannons and muskets they used later that day to storm the Bastille, thus kicking off the French Revolution.
With its shimmering golden dome, grand esplanade and distinctive Baroque features, the Hôtel des Invalides is an unmistakable landmark in the chic 7th arrondissement of Paris. Situated near the Left Bank of the Seine, the origins of this sizeable complex date back to the 17th century when it was originally built by Louis XIV as a hospital and retirement home for France’s war veterans.