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L'Arc de Triomphe

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    Pure tribute to Napoleon, his personal glory and to the glory of his Grand Army, the Arc de Triomphe is a military monument upon whose sides are engraved the names of the generals and victorious battles that illuminated the First Empire. At its base burns the flame of the Unknown Soldier in recognition of the unidentified dead from both World Wars, a flame that is regularly revived during commemoration services, particularly those concerning the two World Wars of the 20th century. The location of the Arc de Triomphe is unique to Paris, situated on a park which dominates the west of Paris, twelve streets emanate radially from its foot, the most famous being the Champs-Elysées. True gate of Paris, it was symbolically crossed by the Prussians in 1871, again by Marshal Foch following the victory of 1919, and painfully claimed by Nazi troops during the occupation. Viewed from above it is clear to see how the place the Arc sits on gets its name, the Place d’Etoile (Star Place). Another interesting perspective can be found from the Louvre, where you can see the alignment on a single axis of the Louvre itself, the Arc du Carrousel, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche of La Défense. Taking either the stairs or the interior elevator one is recommended to ascend to the upper terrace of the Arc to experience a view of Paris near unsurpassed in its panorama. An interesting piece of trivia is that Napoleon originally planned a statue of a giant elephant in this spot to symbolize his power and the strength of France. Thankfully that project was forgotten and the construction of the Arc commenced in 1806. Despite being interrupted by the Emperor’s downfall in 1814 the Arc was finally completed in 1836. Of all the statues on the Arc note in particular that of François Rude, titled the Marseillaise.


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