Invalides and Eiffel Tower Quarters
Two of Paris’s best-known landmarks, the golden-domed Hôtel des Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, are found in these quarters. Large parts of the area were created in the 19th century, when there was still room to construct wide avenues and grassy esplanades. To the east of the Invalides are numerous stately mansions now converted into embassies, and the French parliament. Jean Nouvel’s Musée du Quai Branly is a striking feature beside the Seine.
The most famous alumnus of the Ecole Militaire was Napoleon Bonaparte, who was admitted as a cadet, aged 15, in 1784 and deemed “fit to be an excellent sailor”. He graduated as a lieutenant in the artillery, and his passing-out report stated that “he ...