The most recognizable and well-known part of Les Invalides is the D˘me des Invalides,
a gold-domed building now used as a burial site for a number of the country's war heroes.
It is this gold-domed church, completed in 1708 by de Cotte after Mansart died, that many
individuals recognize. Inspired by Rome's St. Peter's Basilica, this chapel, known as ╔glise du D˘me, is considered one of the world's most exciting examples of French Baroque architecture.
The dome itself is 107 meters high (351 ft), making it one of the tallest monuments in Paris, and was centrally placed in order to dominate the court of honor - one of 15 courtyards at the complex, designed for military parades. The inside of the dome was painted by Charles de La Fosse, disciple of 18th century well-known French painter, Charles Le Brun.