Les Invalides

Esplanade des Invalides. (Open Map)


Surrounded by 500m-long Esplanade des Invalides lawns, Hôtel des Invalides was built in the 1670s by Louis XIV to provide lodging for the 4000 invalides (disabled war veterans). On 14 July 1789, a crowd forced their way into the building and made off with 32,000 rifles, which they then took to the Bastille prison, and thus the French Revolution began. Your admission ticket gets you access to all Hôtel des Invalides attractions (with the exception of any temporary exhibitions, which require an additional fee). Opening times for each site can vary, so make sure to consult the website before you visit.