The Arc Has Seen Some History


The construction of the Arc de Triomphe, at the western end of the Champs Elysees, near the Louvre in Paris, was started in 1806, during Napoleon’s time.  It was his idea that the victorious armies would march through the arch on their return from battle.  Sadly however, Napoleon did not live to see the arch completed, as he died in 1821, and it was only completed in 1836.  At the time, the building cost millions, and it is a monument to all those who died in the French wars, with the names of 558 French generals inscribed on it, and at the base is a tomb to the Unknown Soldier, as a monument to World War 1, and all the French people who died in the war.   There is also an eternal flame at the base, which is lit every evening, in memory of all the fallen heroes.

Paris is a wonderful city, with so many monuments and sights to see, and, along with the Eiffel Tower, this must be one of the most photographed sights in Paris.

Part of Six Word Saturday

 

 

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  1. restlessjo
    May 31, 2014 @ 19:30:11

    Many years ago, when I was just a girl, I remember being up on the top of it, Joan 🙂

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  3. Livonne
    May 31, 2014 @ 23:12:39

    I was so excited to finally see it up close.. Such a beautiful structure.

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  4. the dune mouse (CybeleMoon)
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 01:23:41

    thanks for the bit of history too!!

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  5. Kate
    Jun 02, 2014 @ 17:15:13

    I would love to see it with my own eyes. I have yet to travel to Paris.

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