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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.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. Palais de Chaillot and Rue Cler are also within 1 mile (2 km). Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bir-Hakeim Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Cler, Les Invalides and UNESCO Headquarters. Rodin Museum and Champ de Mars are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 7 minutes.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eiffel Tower, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and Champs-Elysees. Paris Catacombs and Luxembourg Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cambronne Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Motte-Picquet - Grenelle Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this family-friendly Paris hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Les Invalides, Rodin Museum and Army Museum. Eiffel Tower is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Rue du Commerce, Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. Palais de Chaillot and Rue Cler are also within 2 miles (3 km). Charles Michels Station is 7 minutes by foot and Javel-André Citroën Metro Station is 8 minutes.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rue du Commerce, Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower. Palais de Chaillot and Rue Cler are also within 1 mile (2 km). Charles Michels Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dupleix Station is 8 minutes.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and Louvre Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station and Bir-Hakeim Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Sainte Chapelle and Les Halles. Rue de Rivoli and Ile de la Cite are also within 10 minutes. Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station and Pont Neuf Station are within a 5-minute walk.