A beautiful day at Les Invalides
The Church where Napoleon I is buried. The dome of the church is covered in gold leaf...
Big doors for a big church
Everything about Les Invalides is ornate and filled with grandeur.
There is a big hole directly under the cupola...
And in the hole is Napoleon I. The picture really doesn't capture how massive his coffin is...
Besides Napoleon, there are other tombs of note. This one is a memorial to the French soldiers in WWI, there are several outcroppings from the main section that house the additional tombs.
Vauban was a noble and a military advisor to Louis XIV (whooo I'm studying!). He helped designed defences for the kingdom of France.
The entryway into Napoleon's tomb. This guy is holding an orb, a symbol of imperial power.
This guy is holding a crown and scepter, more symbols of the empire of Napoleon.
The eagle also represented the French Empire. This is a design on the floor. Fancy!
On the level with Napoleon. Goddesses of Victory and Justice (I think) watch over his tomb, and all the tourists that come to see him.
Another Napoleon! Napoleon II to be exact.
Napoleon I looking over the courtyard of Les Invalides
Well back to the books! A bientot!!