Secrets of Les Invalides

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Delve into the heart of Hôtel National des Invalides and explore areas that the general public doesn't usually get to see.

Meet your guide at the north reception and set off for a journey through the different spaces that make up the Hôtel National des Invalides, which King Louis XIV originally intended as a retirement home for war veterans and is now one of Paris' most famous landmarks with one of Europe's greatest military museums. Learn about daily life in the complex back in the 17th century as you explore the grand Quesnoy Salon and the mysterious Caveau des Gouverneurs, where some of France's most noteworthy soldiers were buried. Then, hear stories about the French Revolution and Rouget de Lisle, the captain who composed the Marseillaise national anthem, at the Saint-Louis des Invalides cathedral, and see Napoleon's tomb inside the gold-domed church, where you'll also discover a very secret vault. With your ticket, you'll also have access to the collections and temporary exhibitions, so you can keep exploring the Army Museum after the guided tour.



2 hours