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Les Invalides, Paris - cannon

Originally built as hospital for the disabled under Louis XIV, it is now a museum of the Army of France, and it holds the Tomb of Napoleon.

 

It was originally called the Museum of Artillery, after France lost the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

 

A cannon outside Les Invalides.

 

The buildings on that side are the Les Invalides.

 

Les Invalides in Paris, France consists of a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement containing museums and monuments, all relating to France's military history, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose. It is also the burial site for some of France's war heroes. The adjacent cathedral is where Napoleon was re-buried in 1840.

 

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Taken on July 11, 2009