France in focus

Secrets of Les Invalides: Home to war veterans and Napoleon

This week, we take you behind the scenes of one of Paris' most famous monuments: the Hotel des Invalides. Built a stone's-throw away from the river Seine, this military hospital, necropolis and museum were long associated to the Monarch who commissioned the edifice: King Louis the 14th, of Versailles fame. But after the revolution, the Invalides became synonymous with another French leader: Napoleon Bonaparte