L’Hotel National des Invalides, in short Les Invalides Paris, is one of the thing you need to go and see, when you visit Paris. The vast complex of buildings, detailed to perfection, simply takes you breath away. We arrived at this attraction, in sunny and beautiful weather, which makes the time stand still.
But what is the history behind this beauty? Louis XIV was the man behind the project back in 1670, which was a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers. The building site was the suburban plain of Grenelle. Six years later the first stage ready, with the riverfront stretching 196 meters and the complex had fifteen courtyards.
Then the veterans felt they needed a chapel, and shortly after this was completed in 1679, Louis XIV commissioned the architect Jules Hardouin Mansart to build a private royal chapel, which today is the significant detail of the complex. After 29 years of construction, the dome was finished in 1708.