Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe can be found on the Champs-Elysees, the most beautiful avenue in Paris, France.

It is more than 50 metres tall and is located on La Place de l'Etoile, which is the middle of a large roundabout into which feeds many major Parisan avenues, notably including la Grande Armée and the Champs-Elysees. It is one of the French monuments that evoke a strong feeling of history.

The Arc was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon Bonaparte, and was completed in 1836. It was built in the style of ancient Roman architecture. The four statues at the base of the Arc are titled The Triumph of 1810, Resistance, Peace and La Marseillaise. Around the top of the Arc are engraved the names of major Revolutionary and Napoleonic military victories. The inside walls of the monument list the names of 558 French generals. The names of those who died in battle are underlined.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War, with its eternal flame lit in memory of the dead who were never identified, is revisited every November 11 on the anniversary of the armistice signed between France and Germany in 1918. It lies beneath the Arc.

Pedestrian access to the Arc de Triomphe is via an underpass.



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