Les Invalides
Les Invalides officially known as L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris
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, France
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, containing museum
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s and monuments, all relating to the military history of France
Military history of France
The military history of France encompasses an immense panorama of conflicts and struggles extending for more than 2,000 years across areas including modern France, greater Europe, and European territorial possessions overseas....

, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veteran
War Veteran
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s, the building's original purpose. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée
Musée de l'Armée
The Musée de l'Armée is a museum at Les Invalides in Paris, France. Originally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers by Louis XIV, it now houses the Tomb of Napoleon and the museum of the Army of France...

, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs
Musée des Plans-Reliefs
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, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine
Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine
The Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine is a museum of contemporary history located in the Hôtel National des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is open daily except Monday; an admission fee is charged....

, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte
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 (lists below).
Louis XIV
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 initiated the project by an order dated 24 November 1670, as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers: the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides.