Friday, December 9, 2016

Hôtel des Invalides, Paris - France

I've been to many places in Europe, want to go to many places but Paris has never been and is not on the top of my long list of places to visit. I'll go one day, just don't know when. 
Susana was there in October 2011 to celebrate her birthday, très chic!! I don't know when Damien visited his capital city for the last time but he also wanted to send me a postcard of the Hôtel des Invalides.

 Editions A. Leconte
In 1670, no foundation existed to house wounded and homeless veterans who had fought for France. Louis XIV, who was anxious about what would happen to soldiers that had served during his numerous campaigns, decided to build the Hôtel Royal des Invalides. Constructed from 1671 to 1676 by Libéral Bruant, then by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte, it is one the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Today, under the Ministry of Defence but also occupied by numerous organizations that are part of other ministries, the Hôtel National des Invalides still retains its original function as a hospital and hospice for badly injured and disabled war veterans. 

Photo © Paris - Musée de l'Armée, Dist. RMN - Grand Palais / Emilie Cambier
As well as the Musée de l'Armée, it comprises the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération as two churches: the Eglise du Dôme, which houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte designed by Visconti in 1843, and the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides. During the second half of the 20th century, the entire site of the Hôtel National des Invalides was opened up to the public after small buildings were knocked down and a ditch created around the site. In 1981, a huge restoration project was undertaken at the Hôtel National des Invalides under the instigation of an interdepartmental commission co-directed by the Ministries of Defence and Culture to restore this exceptional site to its former glory. - in:

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