on February 17, 2005
This large structure was amazing. The sheer magnitude, even from afar, was striking. Walking through the large courtyard allows you to see the history of this site.
It was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1670 but took nearly 30 years before they finished completion of the dome. The most famous event to happen at this point was the return of Napoleon's body by the British government after much discussion in 1840. He was laid to rest under Mansart's dome, a part of the area buildings.
The tomb stands all alone inside the dome. Within that area, it is the center of the entire complex, and the rich history of France still pumps. We walked around admiring the huge tomb as it lay there.
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