Arc de triomphe

History of the Arc de Triomphe

  • Napoleon had an ambition to make the capital of his empire the most beautiful city in the world.
  • On Bastille day, the bastille day parade follows from the length ig the champ- elysees and a huge flag bellow
  • On 17 February 1806 plans for “a column dedicated to the glory of the Grand Armee” were confirmed and on the 18th of February, an Imperial decree approved the completion of the Pantheon and the “erection of a triumphal arch at the entry to the boulevard by the site of the former Bastille prison that upon entering the Saint-Antoine district, one would pass through this “triumphal arch”.
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  • The Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the "Place de l'Étoile".
  • It’s located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arches whole decorative style is entirely of the tradition of sculpture from the first half of the nineteenth century.

Interesting things to do around the Arc de Triomphe

When you are passing around the Arc de triomphe somethings you do are

  • go to the La Maison du Choclat.....which is 0.3 miles from the Arc de Triomphe
  • you can go to the dream on board place where you can drive your favoriite stylish cars

Fun Facts

  • The Arc de Triomphe costed 9.3 millions French francs, a gigantic amount of money at that time.
  • The names of 128 battles of the first French Republic and Napoleon's Empire are written on the white walls under the vault together with the names of the generals who took part in them
  • The construction of Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1836, long after Napoleon's death in 1821.