Arc De Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a very famous landmark of Paris. It was unveiled in 1836, 30 years after Napoleon I requested it. The Arc was purposed as a monument to honor the heroes of war. It could have been a giant elephant. Charles Ribart proposed a three-level, elephant-shaped building that would be entered by climbing up a spiral staircase that lead into the elephants stomach. 12 streets go into the intersection under the Arc, causing (on average) one crash every 20 minutes. One of the most famous streets in the world goes through the Arc:  Avenue des Champs-Élysées(middle picture). At the base of the Arc de Triomphe there is a torch.  Every evening at 6:30 P.M. it is rekindled, and veterans lay wreaths colored with red, white and blue near its flame.   It burns in the darkness sacrifice of an unknown French soldier who lost his life during World War I. On November 12, 1919, it was determined that the Unknown Soldier would be laid to rest at the Pantheon.  The legislation authorizing the memorial stated:

ARTICLE 1:  The honors of the Pantheon will be rendered to the remains of one of the unknown soldiers who fell on the field of honor during the 1914-1918 war. The transfer of the remains will be solemnly made on 11 November 1920.

ARTICLE 2 (On the same day):  The remains of the Unknown Soldier will be buried under the Arc de Triomphe. 

What is your favorite design on the Arc de Triomphe?


The Arc de Triomphe


Avenue des Champs-Élysées


The inside of the Arc

Charles Godefroy flies through the Arc↑

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  • 05/31/2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Ethan I liked your post because you gave very interesting facts about the Arc de Triomphe. I wish I could see it in real life it looks AWESOME!!!! I wonder what Paris is like?


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