Église du Dôme

St-Germain & Les Invalides

With its sparkling golden dome (1677–1735), the landmark church of Hôtel des Invalides is one of the finest religious edifices erected under Louis XIV and was the inspiration for the United States' Capitol building. It received the remains of Napoléon in 1840; the extravagant Tombeau de Napoléon 1er comprises six coffins fitting into one another like a Russian doll.

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Nearby St-Germain & Les Invalides attractions

1. Musée de l’Armée

0.13 MILES

North of Hôtel des Invalides, in the Cour d’Honneur, is the Musée de l’Armée, which holds the nation’s largest collection on French military history.

2. Hôtel des Invalides

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Flanked by the 500m-long Esplanade des Invalides lawns, Hôtel des Invalides was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to house 4000 invalides (disabled war…

3. Musée Rodin

0.17 MILES

Even if you're not an art lover, it is worth visiting this high-profile art museum to lose yourself in its romantic gardens.

4. Hôtel Matignon

0.37 MILES

Hôtel Matignon has been the official residence of the French prime minister since the start of the Fifth Republic (1958). It's closed to the public.

5. Basilique Ste-Clotilde


Resembling a mini Notre Dame, with twin conical steeples and flying buttresses at the rear, this delightful basilica presides over a pretty park. Dating…

6. Wall for Peace Memorial


In the Parc du Champ de Mars, the Wall for Peace Memorial of steel and etched glass facing the École Militaire (Military Academy) is by Clara Halter.

7. Ministère des Affaires Étrangères

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Next door to the Assemblée Nationale is the Second Empire–style Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, built between 1845 and 1855. It's closed to the public.

8. Musée Maillol

0.56 MILES

Located in the stunning 18th-century Hôtel Bouchardon, this splendid little museum focuses on the work of sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861–1944), whose…