The building itself is both beautiful and historic. It was commissioned by Louis XIV as a home for aged or unwell soldiers. By 1676 the first elderly soldiers had moved in, and parts of the complex continue to be operated as a rest home home and medical centre to this day. During the French Revolution Les Invalides was stormed, and the weapons seized were used to capture the Bastille. Later, Napoleon I was interred in the central chapel, with several illustrious French military commanders entombed nearby, making it a pantheon of French military heroes. By the end of the 19th century, the bulk of the Invalides had been turned into a museum for the French army.
There was too much to see and still not enough time to do it justice. Towards the end of the day, with time running out and aching feet, I gave up trying to see the actual exhibits and just sat on a bench listening to the "audio" guide which also included images and videos. It was the next best thing to being there. We fought a good battle but in the end, the museum defeated us.