L’Église du Dôme, Les Invalides

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Jules Hardouin-Mansart, 1646–1708

Paris, France; 1680–1708

L’Église du Dôme was built as a royal chapel for Les Invalides, the military hospital and retirement home where the elderly and disabled former members of the French military services could live on condition that they attended church once a day. Its dome is closer in scale to that of St Peter’s (pages 32–33) than of the Tempietto (pages 296–97), but the chapel has striking similarities with both buildings.

The accommodation at Les Invalides, designed by Libéral Bruant (c.1635–97), was organized around 14 quadrangles flanking a larger central court dominated ...

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