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    Posted 6 years ago

    vetraio50
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    Les Invalides is a must see if you are ever in Paris! The complex of buildings is in the 7th arrondissement on the southern side of the Seine. In 1670 Louis XIV founded an institution to accommodate and care for the needs of returned service men: l'Hôtel Royal des Invalides. It was constructed between 1671 and 1676 by Libéral Truant.

    A year later the Sun King ordered the construction of a royal chapel on the site. That is what most people these days recognise as Les Invalides. The chapel was meant to be for exclusive use by the royal family. It was built by the architect Jules Hardouin Mansart and was completed in 1708 by de Cotte after the death of Mansart.

    The Église du Dôme was inspired by Rome's St. Peter's Basilica and is considered one of the finest examples of French Baroque architecture.

    The 'Dôme' itself is 107 meters high (351 ft) ..... making it one of the tallest monuments in Paris.

    The postcard photo was taken from Place Vauban on the Avenue de Tourville on the southern side of the site.

    This is a postcard published by N.D. Phot No. 14: Neurdein et Cie (1860’s-1919) Paris, France.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks JEWELS !!!!!!!!!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      So, this was never used for wounded invalids?
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Hi BLUNDERBUSS! Yes it was used as a hospital and still today houses veterans, I believe. But the site is huge and comprises a series of museums. The English were inspired by it and soon after it was inaugurated they too created a similar veterans home at Greenwich.
      Many thanks VIOLETORANGE, KAREN 'n AGHCOLLECT too !!!!!!!!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks FORTAPACHE, PHIL, INKY 'n MIKELV too !!!!!!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks WALKSOFTLY, MANIKIN, POPS, MUSIKCHOO, TOM, SOUTHCOP, VIOLETORANGE 'n VALENTINO too !!!!!!!!!!!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME !!!!!!!!!!
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning Place,Tour and History!!! love this !!!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN !!!!!!!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TREY too !!!!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks WINDWALKER !!!!!!!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY10456 !!!!!!!!!!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GARGOYLECOLLECTOR, GARY 'n BRATJDD too !!!!!!!!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TONY !!!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks CAPERKID ! !! !! !! !
    16. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      You are welcome Vetraio50 love these post cards.

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