Sunday, September 28, 2008

Napoleon's Tomb

While in Paris we visited Les Invalides, the site of Napoleon's tomb. I had planned to write some witty commentary relating the Napoleon complex to the ridiculous size of his sarcophagus - it is big enough for the bodies of Napoleon, his horse, and most of his French army - but Wikipedia indicates it was not chosen in his lifetime.

Napoleon's Sarcophagus

Apparently Napoleon's shortness is also largely a myth, because he was roughly average height for his time - 1.7 meters or 5 feet 7 inches. We saw his old uniform at the tomb and if he was 5'7", then I'm 7'6".

Napoleon's Uniform

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