Saturday, 5 July 2014

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I'm a little late today, but here's a little more of my Parisian trip.

The Invalides, as the name suggests, was built as a hospital for those who were injured at war to recuperate.  It's now a museum dedicated to war related stuff, but I believe there's still a small part of it still used for it's original purpose. The war stuff didn't greatly interest me, but Rob was keen to see it, so we spent some time here.

I must admit though, that I was fascinated by the Relief Map part of the museum.  It housed these incredibly vast small scale 3D maps of areas that related to battles.  It was astounding to think that they were transported to the battle sites to aid the Generals to plot their moves, especially in the digital age!  Most of the maps would have required a cart all to themselves.

We also visited the chapels at the Invalides.  One side was for the soldiers and the other was for Royalty, separated by a giant window.  The difference between the two chapels was incredible. The top left picture shows a stained glass window in the soldier's side - pretty, but very plain.  The Royalty side was very opulent.  It also contains Napolean's Tomb, which was very grand.

The tomb is located under this huge gold dome - there's 12kg of gold just in the decoration!  It really was an incredible place to visit.

Bye for now,


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