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The most useful work of Louis XIV
King Louis XIV entrusted his Minister of War, the Marquis de Louvois (1641-1691), with the task of building a place where war invalids could find refuge. The Hôtel des Invalides, capable of accommodating 1,500 boarders, was completed in 1674. In his will, Louis XIV wrote of his pride in having done “the most useful work of his reign”. The institution of the Invalides became a model throughout Europe. Similar buildings were built in Chelsea (United Kingdom), Pest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Prague (Czech Republic), Berlin (Germany), Ulriksdal (Sweden), Runa (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain).
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