Enduring Power: A Guide To Paris 2024 Invalides

As the world turns its eyes toward Paris for the 2024 Olympics, the historic site of Les Invalides stands out as a symbol of enduring power and resilience, hosting some of the most exciting events of the Games. This guide delves into why Les Invalides is not just a venue but a testament to history, culture, and sporting excellence.


Les Invalides, officially known as L'Hôtel National des Invalides, was originally built in the 17th century by Louis XIV to house war veterans and the injured. Today, it houses several museums dedicated to French military history, including the Musée de l'Armée and Napoleon’s tomb, making it a beacon of national pride and historical significance. Its majestic structure, characterized by a golden dome, is a striking feature of Paris' 7th district. Directly opposite, the elegant Pont Alexandre III bridge links the site to the Grand Palais on the right bank of the Seine.

 

Paris 2024 at Invalides


Archery and Athletics at Les Invalides will offer a unique backdrop unlike any other in the Olympics. Preparations for the Games include the installation of temporary structures to support the events while maintaining the integrity of this historical site. This north-south oriented venue, flanked by rows of trees, offers a unique setting that combines natural beauty with urban history. State-of-the-art technology will enhance the experience for athletes and spectators alike, ensuring safety and visual appeal. Competitors will participate in the shadow of the iconic dome, adding an element of grandeur to their quests for gold. Spectators will not only witness sports but also immerse themselves in a venue filled with centuries of stories and achievements.

  • Archery Schedule

Date Paris Time Event
July 25 (Thursday) 09:30 Women's Individual Ranking Round
14:15 Men's Individual Ranking Round
July 28 (Sunday) 09:30 Women's Team 1/8 Elimination Round
14:15 Women's Team Quarterfinals
15:47 Women's Team Semifinals
16:48 Women's Team Bronze Medal Match
17:11 Women's Team Gold Medal Match
July 29 (Monday) 09:30 Men's Team 1/8 Elimination Round
14:15 Men's Team Quarterfinals
15:47 Men's Team Semifinals
16:48 Men's Team Bronze Medal Match
17:11 Men's Team Gold Medal Match
July 30 (Tuesday) 12:00 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
12:26 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
12:52 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
13:05 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
17:45 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
18:11 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
18:37 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
18:50 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
July 31 (Wednesday) 12:00 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
12:26 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Rnd
12:52 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
13:05 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Rnd
17:45 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
18:11 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Rnd
18:37 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
18:50 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Rnd
August 1 (Thursday) 09:30 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
09:56 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Rnd
10:22 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
10:35 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Rnd
15:30 Men's Individual 1/32 Elimination Round
15:56 Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination Rnd
16:22 Men's Individual 1/16 Elimination Round
16:35 Women's Individual 1/16 Elimination Rnd
August 2 (Friday) 09:30 Mixed Team 1/8 Elimination Round
14:15 Mixed Team Quarterfinals
15:31 Mixed Team Semifinals
16:24 Mixed Team Bronze Medal Match
16:43 Mixed Team Gold Medal Match
August 3 (Saturday) 09:30 Women's Individual 1/8 Elimination Round
13:00 Women's Individual Quarterfinals
13:52 Women's Individual Semifinals
14:33 Women's Individual Bronze Medal Match
14:46 Women's Individual Gold Medal Match
August 4 (Sunday) 09:30 Men's Individual 1/8 Elimination Round
13:00 Men's Individual Quarterfinals
13:52 Men's Individual Semifinals
14:33 Men's Individual Bronze Medal Match
14:46 Men's Individual Gold Medal Match
  • Athletics Schedule

Date Paris Time Event
August 10 (Saturday) 08:00 Men's Marathon
August 11 (Sunday) 08:00 Women's Marathon

Tips: Athletics competitions from August 1 to 10 will also be held at the Stade de France and Trocadéro.


The Esplanade des Invalides is the garden of one of Paris’ most beautiful monuments. At the heart of Paris, it has become one of the preferred leisure destinations where Parisians and tourists can enjoy some sport, music and walking. In 2024, history, culture and high-level sport will join together in this exceptional setting. The Esplanade des Invalides will also be the finish line of the marathon on 10 and 11 August 2024 and the starting point of the road cycling time trials.

 

Planning Your Visit


When planning your visit to Les Invalides for the Paris 2024 Olympics, consider the following tips:


1. Tickets: Purchase your tickets well ahead of time as they are likely to sell out quickly given the popularity of this iconic venue.


2. Weather Preparation: The venue is outdoors; check the weather forecast to dress appropriately. Recommended items include a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a small folding umbrella, and a reusable water bottle (up to 75cl). Comfortable walking shoes are also a must.


3. Public Transport: Make the most of Paris's comprehensive public transport network. Enhanced metro and bus services will accommodate the influx of Olympic visitors.

  • Invalides Station: RER C, 100 m walk to the venue
    Invalides Station: Metro Line 13, 450 m walk to the venue
  • La Tour Maubourg Station: Metro Line 8, 850 m walk to the venue
  • Assemblée Nationale Station: Metro Line 12, 700 m walk to the venue

4. Bridge Closures: Note that the Invalides and Alexandre III bridges will have restrictions:
    • For Athletics, both bridges will be closed to pedestrian traffic.
    • For Archery, the Alexandre III bridge will be closed on July 28, 29, 30, 31 until 1pm, and on August 3 and 4 until 1pm. The Invalides bridge will be closed on July 28, 29 and on August 3 and 4 until 9:45 am.


    5. Mobile Connectivity: Consider using an eSIM for your smartphone or device before you travel. This can be a convenient way to get high-speed data in France and is especially useful for international visitors looking to stay connected without incurring roaming charges.


    6. Accommodation: Choose accommodation close to the venue to reduce travel time. Paris offers a variety of options from luxury hotels to affordable hostels.


    7. Explore Nearby Attractions: Allocate extra time to visit museums and historical sites at Les Invalides and other nearby attractions such as Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Hôtel des Invalides, and Jardin du Luxembourg. From June 21 to September 10, 2024, the Esplanade will also host the Coca Cola Food Fest, offering a 1,000 square meter food court that promises to add to the festive atmosphere.

     

    As athletes compete against the backdrop of such a historic site, they are not only striving for personal victory but also becoming part of a larger narrative that stretches back through centuries. Whether you are a sports enthusiast, a history buff, or a traveler looking for a unique experience, Les Invalides promises to be one of the highlights of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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