Paris Military School, Paris

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Paris Military School is a vast complex of buildings housing various military training facilities founded by Louis XV in 1750 to create an academic college for cadet officers from poor families. Not only can you appreciate the historical significance of this site, which produced countless great military leaders, but the statuesque, sprawling architecture is quite impressive as well.

As you explore this site, keep in mind that Napolean Bonaparte walked the same hallways, as he was accepted in 1784 and completed the two-year program in one year. Add Paris Military School to your Paris travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Paris holiday planner.
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  • July 7, 2017
    This is a magnificent place; tribute to those who's military carreer contributed to esplendor and grandeour of France. From the armory to the sarcophagos that holds Napoleon remains the magnificent of...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    It is an old military school of its massive grand architectural design. Very impressive and imposing. It is best positioned facing the open space and park. One should get a guide to get the best infor...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Legacy of Louis XV, whose more famous your cadet Napoleon Bonaparte that completes the training in just one year. A beautiful building that embellishes further the area of the Champs de Mars, with the Eiffel Tower at the other end.
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  • June 14, 2017
    Get a view from outside... At night it looks really good with little lights
  • May 25, 2016
    One of my favorites in Paris. Impressive architecture. History, art, culture, and symbol...
  • January 19, 2016
    We walked from the tower down the park to the Ecole Militaire. It is an amazing building and you should walk to the back of it to see the whole building. The back is more impressive than the front. Not a big miss if you don't see it, but once your at the Eiffell tower you might as well take the 15 minute walk.
  • May 7, 2017
    Nice place
  • January 12, 2016
    The Ecole Militaire is one of the national landmarks. It is a beautiful building and just walking around it, taking photos, is a majestic experience.

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