Photo of the Week: Dôme des Invalides

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An unmissable monument in Paris’ cityscape is the glittering gold dome of the royal chapel at Les Invalides.

Dôme des Invalides was first inspired by the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart, the dome is considered one of the finest examples of French Baroque architecture. | Photo of the Week: Dôme des Invalides

The dome was finished in 1708 and at 107 metres high, it’s one of the tallest monuments in Paris. Beneath the Dôme des Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, France’s most famous military leader.

For this photo, I caught a nice sunset shining on the dome, making it look even more gold than it already is! You can see a black and white version of this photo in my series “Paris in Black and White“.

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