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The Napoleon Complex

On a rainy cold and windy day, what better way to spend your time than to shove your butt over to the Invalides and marvel either at Hardouin-Mansart's fascinating domed architecture or at the remains of emperor Napoleon I. The Dome of the Invalides hosts a number of important people, among others even Napoleon's brothers Joseph (King of Naples and Sicily, King of Spain and the Indies, Comte de Survilliers) and Jérome (King of Westphalia, 1st Prince of Montfort).
The doors have recently been re-guilded.



There is still a lot of restauration work going on here, though the biggest part has already been finished (re-guilding the iterior of the dome)

To the greatest joy of massive flocks of camera-swinging tourists from all over the world and empire-obsessed french royalists, here lies the man with the plan.
God Napoleon illuminating the world, long before Edison created the lightbulbs. Napoleon also was a fitness buff, working out 27 hours per day, hence his massive muscular body. Arnold was a fan.


The tomb of Marechal Foch in marvellous blue light.
Napolen, minutes before declaring "I am the man!"
A signature, saying "Napole". No need to elaborate when everybody knows your name.
The freshly guilded dome


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7 Responses to “The Napoleon Complex”

  1. # Blogger Greta

    Hello Cedric,

    I've been a follower of your blog for quite sometime and I thought it was only decent to finally say 'Hi.' You live in my absolute favorite city, and so your blog has, naturally, become equivalent to porn. I'm also Luxembourgish by blood, so that's also more than a little bit cool that you are from there as well. Invalides is one of my favorite spots in the city; I can't wait to see where you go next!  

  2. # Blogger New Yorker wannabes

    greetings from Greece!

    I have to tell you...your blog is amazing! thank you for the beautiful pictures. You have done great work here.

    Paris Je t'aime!

    Take care now
    peace and love

  3. # Blogger KittyAnn

    Wonderful Cedric, I always love glimpses into the enchanting places I'll most never enter - thank you! Napoleon has long been a favorite subject to study, following are two of my favorite quotes uttered by his beautiful, sensual lips: "Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily." -"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." Best to you, Ani  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Hi, I read something about Napoleon once, but I'm not sure what it meant. Anyway, Napoleon sent a note to Josephine while away on a campaign. The missive said "I'll be home in 3 days. Don't bathe." I never forgot that. Thanks for the beautiful pics.  

  5. # Blogger Ténèbres à la lumière...

    Bonjour! Cedric,

    Thank-you! for sharing the very beautiful pictures and your wonderful! "sense of humour"
    just add the "lite" and "right"
    touch to your post.
    p.s. I especially, enjoyed viewing the picture of the columns against the very "clear" blue sky!...beautiful!

    Merci! Beaucoup!
    Darkcitydame :-)  

  6. # Blogger Jason Fist

    This post has made we want to go there too.

    No marble toilet left forlorn in the entrance hall?  

  7. # Blogger Lala

    i want to go thereee =]  

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