Dôme des Invalides, tombeau de Napoléon.

Dôme des Invalides - Tomb of Napoléon I

A Parisian landmark, clearly visible from the Seine, this former royal chapel commissioned by the Sun King, Louis XIV, holds the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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From the lawns of the Invalides, admire the perfect symmetry of this chapel, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and built between 1677 and 1707 under Louis XIV. Its façade includes two columned levels tucked under a pediment that points up towards a magnificent golden cupola. With its gilded lantern stretching up to 107 metres, the building possesses without doubt the most beautiful dome in France. In fact, it inspired the Capitol Building in the United States. Now part of the Army Museum, the Invalides Dome is Napoleon Bonaparte’s final resting place.

The Emperor’s Tomb

Above the staircase leading to the crypt you can read the emperor’s wishes:I want my ashes to lie on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people I have loved so well.” Twenty years after Napoleon’s death in 1821 on the island of Saint Helena, his remains were repatriated to the Invalides on the orders of King Louis-Philippe. The construction of the tomb took nearly another 20 years, so his body was only laid to rest here in 1861. The sarcophagus, sculpted in blocks of red quartzite, is placed on a green granite base. At the back of the crypt stands a statue of Napoleon I dressed in his imperial robes.

The Dome brought to life with Aura

Aura Invalides is a monumental immersive evening experience. For almost 50 minutes, (re)discover the richness of the building guided by light and video mapping. As you explore the building and its chapels, the invisible is gradually revealed.

Discover the Dôme des Invalides - Tomb of Napoléon I through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

Napoleon I left a profound imprint on Paris and the surrounding region. Follow the guide and discover the Napoleonic legend.

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129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris 7ème

Days and opening hours

All year round, daily between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. 1st Friday of each month from 6pm to 10pm (checkout closes at 9pm).


  • Full price: from 15 € Reduced price: 12 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.
    This ticket gives access to the permanent collections, the church of the Dôme tomb of Napoleon I, the cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides, the Historial Charles de Gaulle, the temporary exhibition as well as the museum of the Order of the Liberation and the museum of the Plans-Reliefs.


Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
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  • Not accessible in a wheelchair

129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris 7ème

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  • Paris Ile-de-France/Sebastien Niess