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Night at the Invalides, Paris

A journey through time and history for the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

On the centenary of the First World War Armistice, the Hôtel National des Invalides hosts throughout the summer the sound and light show, “1918: The birth of a new world”.

The show’s main character, Martin, is seven years old when the war breaks out in 1914. Four years later, this provincial child exiled in Paris witnessed the birth of a new world, that of the post-war period. Through the crossed eyes of Martin as a the child and as an old man looking back, viewers find themselves at the heart of a real historical fresco.

The show leads the viewer from the Front to the factories, through the trenches, to meet a gallery of portraits of men and women who took part in the Great War. It’s a journey through time and history from the courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides, upon whose façade are projected the 35 sequences that make up this sound and light spectacular.

Eglise du Dôme 2 Crédit Luc Arden

After the performance, another page in France’s history opens with a scenographic tour of L’Église du Dôme. The candlelit route leads the visitor to meet Vauban, Lyautey, Foch, l'Aiglon and all the illustrious men surrounding the tomb of the Emperor Napoleon I.