Located in the 7th district of Paris, one of the most elegant and exclusive place to live in Paris, with large avenues planted with trees, parks, and esplanades, the hotel des Invalides and the Eiffel Tower are Two of the most impressive monuments in Paris, both reflecting the architectural style of its time.
At the end of a large esplanade with beautiful perspectives, the “Hotel des Invalides”, is a majestic monument, in the french classical style in favor under the reign of Louis XIV. It was built by 2 architects, Liberal Bruant and Jules Hardouin Mansart to host the veterans and invalids who were wounded on the battle fields during the numerous wars fought in Europe by LouisXIV.
The church , with its magnificent golden dome, houses the tombs of many great soldiers , but the highlight is, of course, the tomb of Napoleon the first, who died in exile in the island of St Helen. His corpse was brought back to France by King Louis Philippe and buried in the Invalids church.
An army museum in one aisle of the main buildings around the courtyard displays all kinds of weapons uniforms and rare battlefields scale models.
Next to the Invalids is the Rodin museum which is a good example of the type of house with a beautiful garden, the wealthy people of the 18th century liked to build in this area. Auguste Rodin was allowed to live in this house, as one of the most famous sculptor of his time, providing he would give his sculptures to the museum which opened in the house, after his death. You will be able to admire, in the house and in the garden, some of his most renowned masterpieces, such as the “thinker” and the “Bourgeois de Calais”.
It’s only a short walk to the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris , all over the world . With a height of 300 m, it used to be the tallest tower of the world, but times have changed ! it remains the tallest building in Paris, where, except the Montparnasse tower built in 1973, no modern skyscraper is allowed in the inner Paris. Its a masterpiece of resistance and lightness and was conceived by Gustave Eiffel from 1887 to 1889, an engineer who had specialized in modern metallic construction. It was so new and exceptional that it was a big success among the people in general except among artists and intellectuals who objected to the project with a “manifest of the 300”.In 1909, when the lease was going to expire, some people were ready to destroy it, but, fortunately, the beginning of radio and telegraph saved the Tower who appeared then as an asset in communication.
We will skip the lines and go up to the 3rd floor and have a panoramic view, as far as 67 kms, over Paris and its suburbs.