A Night at Les Invalides: the saga of Les Invalides to the rhythm of a sound and light show by Bruno Seillier
A night at Les Invalides, an awesome "3 D" spectacle
A novel experience at the foot of the great golden dome of Les Invalides, in the heart of Paris. Once night has fallen, from the 11th to the 18th of April, a sound and light show will take over the facades of the Main Courtyard. Come and spend a night at Les Invalides to find out about one of the most fabulous buildings in Paris.
From the 11th to the 18th of April 2012
In the Main Courtyard of Les Invalides
Using the latest sound and 3D video technologies, more than 250 metres of facades in the Main courtyard will be brought to life to retrace the history of the Hôtel National des Invalides and the most important moments in French history, the one interlaced with the others in the vast sweep of past centuries.
From the Sun King to de Gaulle
"A night at Les Invalides" takes spectators from the heart of the court of the Sun King, who decided to build the monument, to the sides of the revolutionaries, who found the weapons with which they took the Bastille there, to Napoleon, who organised the first Légion d'honneur medal presentation ceremony there and then to Charles de Gaulle, who installed the Ordre de la Libération there.
History with a capital H takes shape on the walls, windows and arcades to the rhythm of music recounted with aplomb by André Dussolier, Jean Piat and Céline Duhamel, renowned actors, who give the text its full power.
Lighting of Napoleon's tomb
Visitors can also make the most of the exceptional night time opening of the dome, from 11:00 pm to midnight. Napoleon's tomb will be lit in a way that magnifies the place's grandiose atmosphere. The night time visit, after the spectacle, will enable visitors to experience a real night in the museum!