This was three blocks from our hotel in Paris. It’s officially known as L’Hôtel national des Invalides and is now a military and armaments museum. It is also the burial site for some of France’s war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
The building was constructed by order of Louis XIV in 1670 as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers. He later added a chapel for the veterans and one for himself. The stunning private royal chapel has a gleaming gold dome (Église du Dôme) inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is one of the triumphs of French Baroque architecture.
What can I say about this amazing place that hasn’t already been said? I only had four hours–that’s my art attention span–but you could spend a lifetime. This important museum is best visited in small bites over several days. If only I’d had several days. Maybe next time…..
I’ve been working a lot of hours. Now that Ramazan is over, new classes are starting and we are suddenly short on teachers. I’ve been schedule 40 teaching hours a week–not counting prep time or office hours. All I’ve done is work and sleep. So it’s taking a bit to post my Paris photos.
This is the Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté), located along the Seine, near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma. It’s a full sized, gold-leaf replica of the flame from the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor, a gift from France. This torch was a gift to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune.
The flame has became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel just below. It’s become a tourist attraction for her and probably most people think the torch was put up in her honor.