Les Invalides was originally built to serve as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Today, it houses the Church of St. Louis,
Napoleon's Tomb, and the Army Museum. Our visit was solely to pay homage to Napoleon, the Emperor of France.
Upon entering the building, one sees a circular concrete rail in the middle of the room. Napoleon's tomb is on the lower level.
One has to bend over to see Napoleon's tomb. In a very profound, yet simple way, one bows paying reverence to the "Little Corporal". Its overall design is simply marvelous! Twelve marble winged angels keep guard over the emperor's tomb.
Three are shown in the above photos.
There are other visuals worthy of your attention!
As indicated in the left photo, the main ceiling of the dome is painted. It is nothing less than spectacular!
HINT: Always look up at the ceilings! Many are painted; even those in the alcoves.
The right photo is of the chapel's altar. The black and white marble columns against the rococo altar details are stunning.