Arc de Triomphe - Paris
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 48° 52.418 E 002° 17.714
31U E 448321 N 5413647
Quick Description: The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 1:41:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM2NZV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 231

Long Description:
Today, the arch honours those who fought for France, and includes the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The Arc is the linchpin of the historic axis (L'Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace to the outskirts of Paris. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail and set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant nationalistic messages, until World War I.

The monument stands over 51 meters (165 ft) in height and is 45 meters wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.
Type: Triumphal (Monument/Memorial)

Subtype: Memorial

Location: Place de l'Etoile

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