In 1806, Napoleon, the french emperor, commissionned the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to commemorate his victories.
Arc de Triomphe is a memorial dedicated to the french soldiers who died during World War One. The Paris view from the top of Arc de Triomphe is spectacular. Picture.
Having won the decisive Austerlitz victory (picture) against a powerful Russo-Austrian army on December 2nd 1805, french Emperor Napoleon told his soldiers: "You will return home through archs of triumph".
Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe to french architect Jean Chalgrin (picture) in 1806. The construction was stopped in 1814 with the abdication of Napoleon and resumed in 1826. The Arc de Triomphe was finally completed in 1836 (picture) under french King Louis Philippe (picture).
The Arc de Triomphe is 49m high, 45m wide, 22m deep. It is covered by sculptures including La Marseillaise (picture) by Francois Rude (picture). The names of 128 battles fought by the French Republic and Napoleon between 1792 and 1814 are engraved on the walls under the vault (picture) with the names of the generals who fought them.
On November 11th 1920, an unknown soldier was buried under Arc de Triomphe (picture), representing the 1 500 000 french soldiers who died during World War One.
Everyday at 6pm since 1923, french war veterans and soldiers rekindled the Flame of Remembrance (picture) on the tomb of the unknown soldier.
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The Arc de Triomphe is often painted in the perspective of the Champs Elysees. Although none of the many famous painters who lived in Paris painted the Arc de Triomphe, there are a few lovely paintings of it.
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