History and Culture—if you want these, then Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower will give them to you. The two places have produced a Paris quarter that can bring you to the past and imagine the life of famous people who once lived in France.
Les Invalides: The Paris’ Center for Monuments and Museums
Learn about France’s military history and be at Les Invalides. You can visit the three biggest and most famous museums here: the Musee d’Histoire Contemporaine, Musee des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musee de l’Armee.
The complex building also has a hospital for war veterans as well as their retirement home. In fact, Les Invalides was made for this purpose when it was initiated by King Louis XIV in 1670. The building’s name was actually “hospital des invalids” or “hospital for the invalids.”
Around Les Invalides, you can find the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides and the Eglise du Dome.
Today, Les Invalides is not just a home for the “invalids” but a great tourist spot because of the famous personalities buried in here. Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, has his tomb in this place as well as his family and his military officers.
Some famous French military personalities buried in Les Invalides are Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Ferdinand Forch, and Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
Eiffel Tower: The World-Renown Icon of Paris
Just near the Les Invalides is the famous Eiffel Tower of Paris. Actually, when you think about Paris. the first thing that comes into the mind is the Eiffel Tower. Shopping and the parks are only secondary to what Paris is famous for.
Eiffel Tower was made for the Exposition Universelle. The tower was really planned to be built in Barcelona, Spain but people there thought it was expensive and strange to create a tower only for that event. And so, it was made in Paris.
The tower was constructed between 1887 and 1889. The tower’s name came from its designer, Gustave Eiffel.
When Eiffel Tower was already completed in 1889, it gained the title as the tallest tower in the world. But that title was only until 1930 when the Chrysler Building of New York City was completed.
Despite this, the Eiffel Tower is still the tallest building in Paris. You can see the whole Paris once you’re at the Eiffel Tower. Reaching the tower’s top will just be so easy with the installed passenger lifts there.
If you become hungry, the tower also offers great restaurants, the Altitude 95 and the Jules Verne. With the Eiffel Tower’s history and popularity, there is no doubt why more than 200 million people have already visited it since 1889.