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.