January 20, 2018

Unique Architecture of Les Invalides

To say there are a lot of significant sights to see while in Paris is a complete understatement.  One of these is Les Invalides.  On a trip a few years ago we spent some time wandering this sight famous for being the home of Napoleon’s tomb.

Courtyard and Dome Les Invalides Paris France

Courtyard and Dome

The dome, which can be seen for miles, is one of the tallest monuments in all of Paris.  Under the dome is where you will find Napoleon.  While viewing the tomb don’t forget to look up.  If you do, you’ll miss one of the most beautifully painted domes around.

Allegories under the Dome Les Invalides Paris France

Allegories under the Dome

Besides Napoleon there are many other war heroes from France buried here.  The complex at Les Invalides also houses the Musee de l’Armoree.  Touring this museum you will find many weapons, uniforms and other war materials and weapons which includes an amazing display of armor used throughout the eons.

Soldiers watching over Les Invalides Paris France

Soldiers watching over

The Baroque architecture of Les Invalides is also quite amazing and full of great details, one of which is this ornamentation.  Looks like soldiers are still securing Les Invalides!

Cascable on a French Canon Les Invalides Paris France

Wonder what he is thinking?

Distributed throughout the grounds are many canons.  What I found extremely unique and interesting is this Cascabel on this French canon.  What do you think this is all about?

Dome Les Invalides Paris France


Yes, there are many sights to see while in Paris and, in my opinion, that list should include Les Invalides!


What are some of your must sees in Paris?

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Baroque: The Emotional Style

The last few months we discovered more about Romanesque and Gothic architecture.  Today it is time to delve into Baroque architecture. As usual, I have included pictures of European gems in this style.

Queluz Palace fountains Portugal

Queluz Palace fountains Portugal by Husond

Baroque architecture came to prominence during the 17th century.  Starting in Italy before spreading first to France and then the rest of Europe, this style can best be described as showing majesty, opulence and radiance both in design and size.

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire England

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire England

The dramatic intensity of this style indicates supremacy.  The ornamentation showing up in the style indicates both the emotion of the era but also wealth and power.  At this time, the Church and Kings once again were given absolute power.  This power was manifested through this architectural style both in churches, cathedrals and palaces.

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw Poland by Wistula

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw Poland by Wistula


Vierzehnheiligen Basilika near Bamberg Bavaria Germany
Vierzehnheiligen Basilika near Bamberg Germany by Asio otus


Some distinctive features of the Baroque style include:
  • Naves of churches are wider and sometimes oval
  • There is a dramatic use of light either by contrasting shade and light or by including several windows
  • Large ceiling frescoes are prominent
  • There is an exuberant use of color and embellishment
  • Structures have a dramatic central projection
  • Domes appear pear shaped especially in Bavarian, Czech, Polish and Ukrainian design.
  • Curves became more important than the straight line
Karlskirche Vienna Austria

Karlskirche Vienna Austria by Gryffindor

Famous architects during the Baroque period include:  Carlo Maderno (Italy), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italy), Francois Mansart (France) and Christopher Wren (England).

St Paul's Cathedral London

St Paul's Cathedral by stusmith_uk, Flickr

Chateau de Maison Lafitte France

Chateau de Maison Lafitte France

Facciata di San Pietro Rome Italy

Facciata di San Pietro Rome Italy by Urby2004









Many of the magnificent Baroque buildings we marvel at during our travels were designed and built by these illustrious architects.  Thanks to these visionaries of the past we are still able to visit their creations and explore the history created there.


What is your favorite Baroque building?

What is your favorite architectural style?