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Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe Paris
is one of Paris most famous monuments. The Arc is not only fascinating to look at; visitors also have the possibility to enter the top. From there, one can get a great view over central Paris. However, the Arc is more known for is its many wonderful reliefs and sculptures. 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.
The structure was designed by Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin (1739-1811) and completed in 1836 during the reign of Louis Philippe. Its deceptively simple design and immense size, 49.5 m (162 ft) in height, mark it unmistakably as a product of late 18th-century romantic neoclassicism.
At the bases of the Arc's pillars are four huge relief sculptures, commemorating The Triumph of 1810 (by Cortot); Resistance, and Peace (both by Etex); and The Departure of the Volunteers, more commonly known as La Marseillaise (by François Rude). On the day the Battle of Verdun started (1916), the sword carried by the figure representing the Republic broke off from La Marseillaise. The relief was immediately hidden to conceal the accident, so that it would not be interpreted as a bad omen.
Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first World War.
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How to get thereFrom the hotel Cambon take bus 73 at Concorde until Arc de Triomphe in 12 minutes.
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