The Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte is situated at Les Invalides. Les Invalides is made up of a number of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. Les Invalides contains many museums all relating to the French military. The return of Naploeon’s ashes to France from the island of St Helena was known as retour des cendres (return of the ashes) in 1840 on the initiative of Adolphe Thiers and King Louis-Philippe. The Tomb of Napoleon is in a monument beneath the middle dome in Les Invalides known as Dôme des Invalides (the Dome Church). The monument was designed by Louis Visconti in 1842. It was not finished until 1861.
The price of tickets to see the Tomb of Napoleon at Dôme des Invalides costs €9,5 and includes admission to the the Army Museum’s permanent collections, Dôme des Invalides (the Dome Church) and tomb of Napoleon I, the Charles de Gaulle Monument and the Museum of Relief Maps.
The Tomb of Napoleon is a spectacular tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte. The tomb itself is made from blocks red quartzite and placed on a green Vosges granite base. It is surrounded by inscriptions which refer to Napoleon’s greatest victories. The circular gallery consists of a set of 10 bas-reliefs that depicts achievements during Napoleon’s reign. The Dôme des Invalides also contains the graves of his son, l’Aiglon, the King of Rome, his brothers Joseph and Jérôme Bonaparte, the Generals Bertrand and Duroc, and the two famous marshals of the first half of the 20th century, Foch and Lyautey.
A visit to the Tomb of Tomb of Napoleon at Les Invalides in the Dôme des Invalides does not take long. While the dome is elegantly designed and is a fitting tribute to Napoleon its a rather short visit but worth the money spent to see the beautiful work of Louis Visconti.