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The Hôtel National des Invalides with its golden dome is probably one of the most emblematic building in Paris. The impressive façade and the vast courtyard welcome you at the Army Museum entrance, a museum at the crossroads between several emblematic and themed spaces.
The Army Museum in Paris was created in 1905 when the Artillery Museum merged with the Army History Museum. The Army History Museum was founded in 1896 by a company called La Sabretache. Its Chairman, the painter Edouard Detaille, wanted to use his own collections to put together a national military museum.
It contains some of the world's most prestigious collections, including old weapons and armour (the 3rd biggest in the world), small artillery models (unique in the world) and a unique set of 19th-century items relating to Napoleon I and the marshals of the Empire in particular.
The place is also known to contain the tomb of Napoleon inside the Dôme des Invalides, an unmissable monument strongly linked to the History of France. Known as the Temple de Mars during the French Revolution, the Dome Church became a military pantheon during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, with the installation of the Turenne tomb (1800) and a funeral monument to Vauban (1807-1808) both have been transferred since then to others Memorial monument. Nowadays, alongside Napoleon I's tomb, the Dome contains the graves of his son, l'Aiglon, the King of Rome, his brothers Joseph and Jérôme Bonaparte, the Generals Bertrand and Duroc, and the two famous marshals of the first half of the 20th century, Foch and Lyautey.
The Army Museum is one of the biggest museums of military art and history in the world. Its location within a military monument like the Hôtel National des Invalides gives it exceptional character. There are few military museums that offer such a large collection of works and cover such a wide range of historical eras. It consists of a set of spaces which are divided into architectural monuments and themed or chronological departments.