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Dome Church at Les Invalides (Dome des Invalides) Tours

Dome Church at Les Invalides (Dome des Invalides)
The historic Dome Church at Les Invalides (Dôme des Invalides) is hard to miss, with its golden dome rising more than 360 feet (110 meters) on the skyline. Visitors that step into this church—which hosted royal mass under Louis XIV—find Napoleon's tomb and the Army Museum (Musée de l'Armée), making it a must-see for European history fans.

The Basics
Situated within the Hôtel National des Invalides—home to the Army Museum—the Dome Church is most often visited to explore the sight's military history exhibitions and interactive gallery displays. To save time, prebook admission to the popular museum. With your ticket, enjoy skip-the-line entry and access to the dome, the tomb of Napoleon I, and courtyard gardens. Most travelers pair a visit with a stop at the Eiffel Tower, located within walking distance.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Dome Church, which was built under the reign of Louis XIV in the late 17th century.
  • The Dome Church also houses the graves of Napoleon II, Napoleon’s brothers Joseph and Jérôme Bonaparte, and French generals Bertrand and Duroc.
  • Spontaneous travelers can always visit the Dome Church—there's no planning needed, and several other attractions are nearby.
  • Pass by in the evening for a beautiful view—the dome is lit at night, as a beacon on the Parisian landscape.

How to Get There
The most convenient way to visit the Dome Church is by public transportation. Take metro line 13 to the Saint-François Xavier stop or line 8 to the École Militaire stop. For travelers who don't want to navigate the metro, hop-on-hop-off-bus tours are a great option. Tours typically stop in the 7th Arrondissement, near the Dome Church.

When to Get There
The Musée de l'Armée and Dome Church are open daily all year round, from midmorning until early evening. Hours are slightly reduced from November through March. On Tuesday evenings between April and September, the sight stays open into the evening. Expect more crowds in peak tourist season, during the summer months, and over the weekend.

How to Visit the Eiffel Tower
Just a short distance from the Dome Church, the iconic Eiffel Tower is most easily visited on foot. Take a scenic walk along Avenue de Tourville and through Champ de Mars, which ends at the Eiffel Tower. Whether you purchase tickets to the tower's upper floors or just marvel at the structure from below, it's a must-see Paris attraction.
Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, Paris 75007, France
Admission: Varies
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