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Arc de Triomphe

18 Jun

The Triumphal Arch is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. But not to confuse with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which stands west of the Louvre. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Its design was inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome and was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon I. But he was exiled before the arch was completed. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns.

Walking along the Champs-Élysées

Walking closer to the Arch on the Champs-Élysées

Underneath the arch is the French national flag.

Arc de Triomphe

Sculpture on the side

Sculpture on the side

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Sculpture inside of the Arch

A monitor shows the live view right underneath the Arch.

Looking down Champs-Élysées (facing east) from the top of the Arch.

A view of the Arch in the evening.

Night traffics on Champs-Élysées

Copyright © 2011 Jenson Yu. All rights reserved.
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