Posted by: danielfee | August 29, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 08-29-2013

Arc de Trophe - Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France

Arc de Trophe from Eiffle Tower

Arc de Triomphe from Eiffel Tower

 

The Arc was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and completed in 1836 to honor his Grande Armee. It is engraved with the names of great French military victories along with the names of 666 senior officers who participated in the Revolution and wars of the empire. The Arc is 164 feet high and 147 feet wide and is the largest arch of its kind ever built. The square around the Arc is still referred to as “the star” by Parisians even though the name was changed to Place Charles-de-Gaulle in 1970. It name came from the 12 avenues radiating from the Arc.


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