The Invalides – Ecole Militaire district is an affluent neighbourhood in the 7th arrondissement. Three monuments, symbolic of Paris, are to be found here: firstly, the iconic Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 on the Champ de Mars. Opposite is the Ecole Militaire (Military College), built in the 18th century by architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel, under Louis XV. Today it is a centre for higher military studies. Finally, the Hotel National des Invalides, built in 1670 by Louis XIV for war veterans, which today houses the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) and the tomb of Napoleon 1st. Next to this is the famous Rodin Museum. The Invalides – Ecole Militaire district is not just an architectural site. Between the Rue Saint Dominique and the Rue Clerc, there are a number of shops and lively restaurants that attract a young and fashionable crowd.
Also worth seeing: the magnificent Alexandre III Bridge, built in the early 20th century to commemorate the friendship between Russia and France; the Place de la Fontaine de Mars; further east, the Palais Bourbon, the name given to the National Assembly; the Musée d’Orsay.