Musée du Service de Santé des Armées

As mentioned in the previous post, the Musée du Service de Santé des Armées (Museum of the Army Medical Corps) is located next to the Church of the Val-de-Grâce. The museum traces its origins back to the 19th century. At first merely an anatomy collection for teaching purposes, it gradually grew as a result of bequests to become the repository of army medical corps history.

Above, “les bleffez”.

Above, bust of child Louis XIV.

Above, medicine cabinet.

Above, microscopes.

Above, towards the Church.

Above, looking towards the Val-de-Grâce Military Hospital.

Above, internal courtyard. The museum is hosted in what used to be a convent.

Above, capsule for the Véronique rocket.

Above, rat to be loaded on the rocket as part of an experiment to study the effects of microgravity.

Above, snake door handle at the entrance.

Above, statue of Dominique-Jean Larrey.


Musée Bourdelle

The Musée Bourdelle is an art museum located in Montparnasse, Paris. It preserves the studio of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and also contains more than 500 of his works including marble, plaster, and bronze statues, paintings, pastels, fresco sketches, and Bourdelle’s personal collection of works from other artists. Admission to the permanent collections is free, but there is a charge for temporary exhibits.

Above, “Hercules the Archer”.

Above, in the main courtyard.


Above, Tour Montparnasse nearby.

Palais de la Porte Dorée

The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an exhibit hall located near Bois de Vincennes, in Paris. It was constructed for the Paris Colonial Exhibition, in 1931. It now houses a tropical aquarium and the Museum of Immigration.

Above, fresco inside the Palais. This section can be accessed freely.

Above, fresco representing science.

Les Invalides / Tomb of Napoléon

Les Invalides is a landmark of Paris which houses the Musée de l’Armée, the military museum of the Army of France. Its most visible and famous feature is the Dôme des Invalides, a large church under which Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte is buried, along with other French war heroes.

Above, bronze canon near the entrance.

Above, cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides.

Above, orgue in the cathedral.

Above, dome of Les Invalides.

Above, entrance to the dome.

Above, ceiling of the dome.

Above, sarcophagus of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte.

Above, tomb of Vauban.

Above, stairs to the underground crypt and Napoléon’s sarcophagus.

Above, tomb of Napoléon II, king of Rome and the son of Napoléon.

Above, the crypt highlights the accomplishments of Napoléon.

Above, tomb of Maréchal Lyautey, who fought in North Africa.

Above, SL for Saint-Louis (king Louis IX of France).

Above, view of Les Invalides from the observatory of Tour Montparnasse.