Les Invalides was created to house soldiers that were wounded during the Thirty Years' War and managed to make their way as far as the Pont Neuf district. Louis XIV decided to entrust Bruant with the design, and Hardouin-Mansart with the construction of the building. During the Revolution, les Invalides was plundered by the people, who found 32,000 guns and 27 cannons inside. Napoleon awarded the first legion of honour medals to deserving officers there and the place quickly became the symbol of Bonapartism. Les Invalides, with its dome covered with 12.6 kg of gold leaves, is France's military pantheon. Among the many great men buried here are Napoleon, Vauban, Rouget de Lisle, Foch, Leclerc and Juin. Near the Timhotel, many good restaurants await your visit, including the Bistro Dupleix, Volant Basque and La Belle Assiette.
All about the Tower
Standing 324 metres high, antenna included, created for the 1889 World's Fair, and in celebration of the centenary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower receives 7 million visitors a year. Illuminated by 20,000 light bulbs at night, this monument, the most visited in all of Europe, cost 7.8 million gold francs to build and is worth 434 billion Euros today. Repainting it entirely requires 6,897 5-litre cans of single-layer paint. It was green in the beginning, and is now painted "Eiffel Tower Brown". A frieze at the first level contains the names of the great French engineers and researchers who were alive when it was built. The Eiffel Tower, with its striking vertical immensity, also offers the finest panoramic view of the Capital.
Not far from there, you can visit the Quai Branly Museum, dedicated to primitive art. You can also walk on the Trocadero esplanade before discovering the Musée de la Marine (National Navy Museum) and the Museum of Modern Art at the Palais de Tokyo (Palace of Tokyo). Then enjoy the Seine and discover Paris from another vantage point aboard a bateau-mouche.
Between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, in the heart of a peaceful and particularly well-located district next to the banks of the Seine, the hotel Timhotel Tour Eiffel is your starting point for visiting everything that has made the Capital...