Walking over the Pont Alexandre III (yesterday’s post), I continued my “tourist tour” of Paris, and decided to visit Les Invalides, just in front of the bridge (or just behind, depending on your direction). I imagine that if you have been to Paris, you have been there, but I must admit that, even after 33 years in Paris, I never went into the building, so it was about time!
Under the dome, you will since 1861 find the tomb of Napoleon (designed by Visconti, made of Finnish wood). Napoleon was brought here from Saint Helena already in 1840, but it took some time to prepare his final place of rest. There are also some souvenirs of Napoleon to be seen and some of his family members and other prominent personalities are also buried here.