Emperor Napoleon I lies in an ornate church built by King
Louis XIV as part of the Invalides hospital for disabled
soldiers. After Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled by victorious
European nations to the remote island of St-Helena, where
he died and was buried in 1821. Not until 1840 was France
able to return its hero for a suitable final resting place.
This statue of Napoleon in triumph, suitable
for a Roman Emperor, typifies the artwork
glorifying Napoleon within the tomb.
Emperor Napoleon I lies in an elaborate encasement of six
coffins, built from different materials, including mahogany,
ebony, and oak, one inside the other. A dozen statues of
victory frame the dramatic scene.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 2004 video of France by
clicking on Napoleon Slept Here
There also is the longer 1990 film, in which Paris follows
Berlin: Berlin and Paris