The Hôtel des Invalides is located in the 7th arrondissement, south of the Seine river, just east of the Ecole Militaire. The church is connected directly with the Royal chapel and better known as the Dôme des Invalides. Église du Dôme is without a doubt one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. The dome is one is not only beautiful on the outside with the pure gold leaf used; its interior is breath-taking. The magnificent paintings covering the roof originate from late 17th, early 18th century. The architect for the dome was Jules Hardouin-Mansart and the royal chapel was completed in 1706. The dome itself was inspired by the origin of all Baroque domes; the dome of the grand St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Église du Dôme has in turn been the inspiration for several other buildings, including the San Francisco City Hall.
The dome is not so much used as a religious chapel; it is rather used as a military mausoleum. The dome provides the final rest for several well noted French military leaders, the most famous one being Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.