Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Originally a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers, the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides. Under the golden dome of Les Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Initiated in 1670 by King Louis XIV, the building retained its primary function of a retirement home and hospital for military veterans until the early twentieth century.
Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, but King Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840. Napoleon's ashes were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place was finished in 1861.
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