on June 14, 2007
Napoleon was one of the world's foremost military leaders with one of the greatest stories you've ever heard. Born to a large family, he married an Empress, evolved into a powerful army leader, was made into Emperor at a young age, won and lost many battles, and finally exiled to St. Helena. His legend still lives on in the hearts of many history and military buffs.Napoleon's Tomb is adjunct with Hotel des Invalides in the 7e arrondissement. I didn't visit the Military Museum due to time. I've always been fascinated with French Revolutionary history, especially when it came to the relationship between Napoleon and his first wife, Josephine. The tomb is magnificent and majestic. It is certainly one of the largest tombs I've ever seen. It is set right in the center of Les Invalides on the bottom floor, allowing visitors to get a bird's eye view of every inch of the tomb. There are also some other notable tombs near Napoleon's such as one of his brother's (Joseph). Several possessions of Napoleon have been put on display such as his famous hat and coat for everyone to see as well as his military weapons. Overall, this is a must-see, whether you're a military lover, a history buff or not. Invalides is breathtaking with many intricate decorations made of gold. The tomb is open daily except on Mondays and certain holidays from 10am to 5 or 6pm, depending on the season. Full admission price (June 2007) is €8 and reduced price (students/seniors/groups) is €6. It is free for children under 18 years old. Napoleon's Tomb is included in the Paris Museum Pass, which we used to get in.Tip: Best time to go is at the end of the day around 4-5pm when crowds are thinner and less obtrusive. Photography is allowed but please be respectful for it is a monument of significance. Try to minimize flash photography as well.
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