Dome des Invalides by Kali Miller

Dome des Invalides

This part of Les Invalides is one of the two parts of a church built to combine both a royal chapel with a veteran’s chapel so that the king and his soldiers could both attend mass at the same time but were able to enter through separate entrances, thus adhering to court etiquette. When Napoleon’s tomb was built the separation was enhanced by the building of two separate alters followed by a glass wall being constructed between the two chapels. This is the alter on the side that was once the royal chapel and now houses Napoleon's tomb.