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École Militaire (Military School) is a vast complex of stately buildings housing the training school for French army officers. Join a tour of École Militaire to walk in the footsteps of revered military leaders and peek inside lavish reception halls. Admire a magnificent example of classical architecture and stroll around a former parade ground.
Louis XV of France founded the school in 1750 with the help of the notable banker Joseph Paris Duverney. The intention was to establish an academy for trainee officers from noble families without strong financial backgrounds. Recognize the most famous student, Napoleon Bonaparte, who trained here in 1784.
The main central building is a chateau-like structure designed in the classical style by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. It features a symmetrical façade dominated by the Corinthian columns and pediment of its main entrance. Look to the top of the façade to see the quadrangular dome similar to that of the Louvre Museum. Opposite the entrance is an equestrian statue dedicated to Marshall Joseph Joffre.
Visit designated areas of the interior on a guided tour. The library is notable for its frescoed ceiling and Louis XVI furnishings. Pillars, religious artwork and stuccowork decorate the Chapel of St. Louis.
Walk around the gardens of Champ de Mars, once the grounds for pompous military parades. Enjoy uninterrupted views and excellent photo opportunities of the Eiffel Tower. Within the park are the Wall of Peace and the Monument des Droits de l’Homme, which honors human rights.
The closest metro station to the building is École Militaire. Public buses and hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses also stop nearby. Walk 15 minutes to Les Invalides, with a church, military museums and the tomb of Bonaparte. Its most notable structure is the Army Museum, which has displays of military artifacts from the Middle Ages to the mid-1900s.
École Militaire is open to the general public for guided tours during September’s European Heritage Days. Tours are free so arrive early to avoid long lines. At other times appreciate the architecture by walking around the perimeter of the entire complex.
Excellent location just a 25 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower or a 5 minute walk to the metro underground. Breakfast was plentiful and relaxed.the swimming pool is a great bonus
Everything was brilliant and I was so happy with my choice in hotel. The only issue we suffered was a private party over our room which completely ruined one night's sleep. We had to complain 3 times to get the thumping of music to stop!!
I like the free bottles of water. This year was the first year we had breakfast at the hotel. It is a good little buffet.
Great location (Close to Eiffel Tower, Metro). Staff were nice and helpful. Bathroom is small. Overall really nice place to stay.
Location was fantastic. Bathroom was wonderful and hotel room was great. Mattress was very comfortable and the rooms were quiet, you never heard the neighbors. Views of the Eiffel tower were great. Would recommend highly!
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Room had all the basics. bed was comfortable