Napoléon Bonaparte (b.1769) died in exile on the Isle of St. Helena in 1821. Apparently the French thought better of him after his death and in 1840 his remains were returned to France and this magnificent memorial that was built between 1843-53 now serves as his final resting place. Visitors can observe the giant sarcophagus. The layout has a total of five gigantic blocks. Along the walls is etched a chronicle of Napoléon's victories that add counter-point to the grandeur of the vault. Napoléon's Tomb is set in Les Invalides that was built by Louis XIV originally as a hospital for injured soldiers. Musee de l'Armee, the French war museum, is also located here.
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