Berangere's Paris Coupoles – featuring the Coupole des Invalides

For some time now, Berangere, our Paris correspondent and the Lomont portion of DorpatSherrardLomont, has been photographing the interior of the great domes of Paris – the coupoles – masterpieces of French art and design.

We will share some of them here, beginning with the coupole of the Hôtel des  Invalides.

BB writes:

Founded under Louis XIV , to accommodate the old soldiers of the King’s army, this Hôtel  became very quickly a symbol  of monarchical power, later to become a mausoleum with Napoleon’s tomb.  After three centuries, the Hotel remains a military  place (wounded soldiers still recover here) and many visitors visit this historical place…

The Coupole des Invalides
The Coupole des Invalides

This  coupole, painted by Charles de la Fosse (199.5 cms ) is  dedicated to Saint Louis, kneeling and offering his sword  in front of Christ in glory (a very good strategy for celebrating monarchy and religion together).

The coupole is not very well photographed because Napoleon’s tomb  (lined with 7 coffins inside) is standing in the middle, so I asked if they were cleaning the tomb, and proposed to photograph from the ladder.

Berangere at work with Napoleon on her right
Berangere at work with Napoleon on her right

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