Saturday 7 December 2013

The soldiers of the French Revolution are coming back to the Invalides in Paris!

French Revolution soldiers in the "Cour d'Honneur" (Court of Honor) of the Invalides

Do you know the "Hotel National des Invalides" in Paris?
The King Louis XIV built the "Invalides", a military hospital for war veterans and unwell soldiers (the "invalides" of war). See this link.

Les Invalides - La Cour d'Honneur

The Dome Church is very famous (now covered by gold), notably because it contains the tomb of Napoleon I.

Napoleon I in the Cour d'Honneur (statue previously at the top of the Vendôme Column)

This weekend of December 7th and 8th is the celebration of the Artillerymen with numerous Artillery demonstrations and many historical re-enactments. See the following program:

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Horse drawn Gribeauval cannon in the Invalides

See the following films of some of these demonstrations (you can choose HD mode):

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