On the left is the church with a close up of the famous dome on the right.
On being accepted the candidate was given a comb, wooden spoon, knife, uniform and shoes.
Two or three officers shared a room, while soldiers had small dormitories of four or six beds.
No wine or food was allowed in the rooms, and smoking and women were not allowed anywhere inside Invalides.
Married soldiers were allowed to sleep out twice a week. All were obliged to attend mass on Sunday.
The gold covered dome houses Napoleon's tomb. The gold is real, and was
applied to celebrate the bicentenary of the revolution.
Napoleon's ashes were
brought to Les Invalides from St. Helena on 15/12/1840. On 14/4/1861 they were
moved to the crypt, where they were housed in a tomb designed by Visconti.
tomb is six nested coffins, rather like a Russian doll. The ceremony was
attended by Napoleon III.