It is the finest dome ever built in France and its 107-metre-high lantern was re-gilded in 1989 for the bicentenary of the French Revolution. Twelve kilos were needed for this operation.
From the outside, you can admire the facade with its two arrangements (Doric and Corinthian) of architecture. Statues of Charlemagne and St Louis by Coysevox and N Coustou decorate the niches of the lower levels; on the level above stands 'Strength, Justice, and Temperance with Prudence' by Coysevox.
Inside, beneath the dome, you can see the recently-restored large fresco by Charles de la Fosse depicting St Louis handing his sword to Christ. The Dôme Church became a military burial place. It houses the tombs of Turenne, Vauban, Foch, Lyautey as well as those of Joseph and Jérôme Bonaparte. In the crypt is the tomb of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte I, made out of blocks of red porphyry standing on a base of green granite from the Vosges region.
Epoque des collections
- Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)
Services and facilities of the establishment
- Gift shop
- Member of the Paris Museum Pass
- Car park/Parking
Combined ticketsEntrance tickets allow access to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the museum, the Dôme, Musée des Plans et Reliefs, and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.
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Prices and times
Entrance fees and modalities
Reduced rate: Veterans, military reservists, large families, and for all from 5 pm.
Combined ticket: Museum and exhibition: €12 .
Group tourBookings for self-guided groups (from 10 people, €9 / person - decreasing from 20 people) email firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings for guided tour groups (€12.90 / person) by phone at + 33 (0) 8 25 05 44 05 or email email@example.com
Free for young people and childrenUnder 18s.
Methods of payment
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