Arc De Triomphe

Based at the focal point of the Place Charles the Gaulle, or so called Etoile, Arc De Triomphe is a towering silhouette ending the views stretched along the number of Parisian avenues. The tradition rooted in ancient Rome has not only found fertile ground in France, it has blossomed beyond expectations. Perhaps the second most recognizable landmark of Paris, it was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate those who fought and gave lives for France. It commemorated him too.

160 ft tall, it doubles the height of the surrounding city blocks dominating the rows of mansard roof buildings, making its presence clear.

The astylar arch features Doric or Tuscan order meanders, metopes and friezes, but the treatment of the sculptures is characteristic for the new, neoclassical approach, as they are independent from the mass of the monument. Four epic scenes illustrate the First Republic, Napoleon, War of Sixth Coalition and Treaty of Paris. There are names of 660 persons carved into the stones of the ashlar masonry arch, together with the greatest battles of revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, making it a sort of a history reminder, built to educate the generations.

This monument, carrying other monuments to people and events that shaped France as we know it today, rightfully deserves its central position in the nation’s capital.

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