Near the Champ-de-Mars, king Louis XV and banker Paris-Duverney founded the Royal and Military School in 1751, for the education of 500 young and poor noblemen. It was raised on a vast land near Grenelle plain, near Invalides, by architect Gabriel, from 1751: façades overlooking Champ-de-Mars were erected from 1768 to 1773...
The School and its 80 students (who used to study in Vincennes castle) moved here in 1756. King laid down the first stone of the chapel in 1769: it was finished 4 years later. Napoleon Bonaparte spent one year here when he was a student, in 1784.
10 years later, he had his headquarters here! Buildings were extended in the 19th century, when general Lewal founded The Superior School of War. Nowadays, the School is 117 000 square metres!