The Eiffel Tower isn’t the only thing you need to see when visiting Paris. The Arc de Triomphe is actually located right near the signature landmark, on the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The monument stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, which is also known as the “Place de l’Étoile.”
The Arc de Triomphe is recognized as “the most monumental of all triumphal arches.” It was built between 1806 and 1836 and was erected in honor of those who fought for France, especially those who were lost during the Napoleonic Wars. You will find the names of all the generals and wars fought engraved on the inside of the arch. In the ground underneath the vault of the arch, there are also inscriptions which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The monument that stands today is not exactly representative of the architectural plans that were originally intended for the Arc de Triomphe. There were many modifications made to the original layout that now reflect the political changes and power struggles during the time that it was built. Even still, the Arc de Triomphe resembles the original concept of a powerful and unified ensemble. It has become a recognized and honored patriotic site.
At a height of 162 feet and a width of 150 feet, the Arc de Triomphe is certainly monumental. Within it, there are two vaults — one larger and one smaller. Even the smallest vault is towering in size, as it’s over 60 feet high. Its decorative style was designed in the traditions of sculpture originating from the first half of the nineteenth century. The Arc de Triomphe is actually recognized as a vital part of the historic axis, which is a sequence of monuments that stretches from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace to the outskirts of Paris.
On your next trip to France, think about visiting the Arc de Triomphe. The gorgeous monument makes for a quality Instagram that’s — hey — unique from all the other Eiffel Tower ones you see.
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