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Hôtel des Invalides

E7 Place des Invalides 75007 q La Tour-Maubourg, Varenne W Invalides # 7:30am–7pm daily (Apr–Sep: to 9pm Tue) ¢ Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec musee-armee.fr

Founded by Louis XIV, this was France’s first military hospital and became home to French war veterans and disabled soldiers, who had hitherto been reduced to begging. It was designed by Libéral Bruand and completed in 1675.

Today, the classical façade is one of the most impressive sights in Paris, with its four storeys, cannon in the forecourt, garden and tree-lined esplanade stretching to the Seine. The south side leads to St-Louis-des-Invalides, the soldiers’ church, which backs on to ...

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