Hôtel des Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

The Hôtel des Invalides is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It is an exceptional monument with a magnificent golden dome.

This building was built by Louis XIV in the 17th century becoming one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Louis XIV wished to create a place to welcome the Invalid soldiers who served the royal army. At that time, the monument served as a hospice, barracks, convent, hospital and factory.


Today, the Hôtel des Invalides houses the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, the Musée de l'Armée and two churches: the Eglise du Dôme with the Tomb of Napoleon I and the Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides.


The Musée des Plans-Reliefs houses a unique collection of historical models presenting military history over two centuries.

The Army museum presents one of the most exceptional collections of military history in Europe.

Finally, the museum of the Order of the Liberation, founded by General de Gaulle, traces the history of Free France from 1940 to 1945.


The museum organizes many events and exhibitions throughout the year, always related to the military environment for children and adults.