By 1810, he had conquered most of continental Europe.
These impressive achievements were made possible by the new opportunities opened by the 1789 French revolution and by Napoleon's incredible military skills and charism.
Napoleon was ultimately defeated in 1815 by English General Wellington (picture) at Waterloo, Belgium.
On May 5th 1821, Napoleon died in Saint Helena, an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Victorious England had exiled him there, very far away from France.
Napoleon stayed so popular that Louis-Philippe (picture), the King of France, returned his ashes in 1840. His ashes mean his remains. Napoleon was not cremated. His ashes now rest under the dome of Les Invalides in Paris.
Les Invalides are open from 10am to 5pm, 6pm from April to September. Telephone 33 (0)8 10 11 33 99. More information on Les Invalides.
You can discover Les Invalides on a guided coach tour.
Paris metro: Varenne station on line 13.
Napoleon spent most of his life on battlefields or in Paris, the capital of France. His memory can best be felt today in Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides and the castles of Fontainebleau, Compiegne, La Malmaison.
La Malmaison was bought by Josephine (picture), Napoleon's first wife, in 1799. It became the nest of their romance and a center of political life until their divorce in 1809. Visit La Malmaison on a coach tour from Paris.