Arc du Triomphe, Paris, Île-de-France, France

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, originally named Place de l’Étoile. The Arc de Triomphe honours 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.

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The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis, a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which runs from the courtyard of the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument stands 50 metres in height and its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

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La Résistance de 1814
La Paix de 1815
Le Départ de 1792 (La Marseillaise)

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Detail of La Paix de 1815
Detail of Le Départ de 1792 (La Marseillaise)
Detail of Le Triomphe de 1810

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Detail of the frieze depicting The Federation of 1790
Detail of the ceiling with 21 sculpted roses
Relief For Law, King and Country
Detail of the frieze depicting The Return of Napoleon’s Armies
The ceiling with 21 sculpted roses
Detail of Le Triomphe de 1810

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

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