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Les Invalides

Les Invalides in Paris, France consists of several buildings containing museums and monuments, all relating to France's military history and is the burial site for France's war heroes. It was originally built by King Louis XIV in 1670 as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers: the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides, the hospital for invalids.

The most notable tomb at Les Invalides is that of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) in the crypt under the dome. Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, but King Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to St Jerome's Chapel in Paris in 1840. A renovation of Les Invalides took many years, but in 1861 Napoleon was moved to the most prominent location under the dome at Les Invalides.

A popular tourist site today, Les Invalides is also the burial site for some of Napoleon's family, several military officers who served under him, and other French military heroes such as:

Portal to Court of Honor Dome of Les Invalides
Door to Napoleon's Tomb Tomb of Napoleon

See also: List of other famous cemeteries

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