L’Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’Étoile. It is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

The triumphal arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.

The Arc stands in the middle of the historic axis (Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route that goes from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace, to the Arche de la Défense.

So imagine that you’re standing on top of the Arch,with the Louvre in front of you.

This will stand on your left side:

Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.In the same neighbourhood a beautiful Basilica , artists and places of entertainment like Le Moulin Rouge.

In front of you  Les Champs-Élysées and Louvre and a bit to the right Notre Dame.

On your right side La Tour Eiffel, almost synonymous of Paris.

Finally behind you La Défense, the opening arch for the future of this city.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 20:37:02

    …and below you, an absolutely chaotic traffic circle! I remember standing on top of the Arc with my family staring down at the traffic trying to figure out how cars were *not* hitting each other. I later learned that cars entering the circle had the right of way, which helped explain things a little more, but visually it seemed crazy as we were watching.

    It’s such a stellar view of Paris. We didn’t have digital cameras on my last visit but did a full panorama and printed out the photos side by side. Your beautiful Paris pictures make me want to revisit my own album from that trip.


  2. andie
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 14:07:54

    I have almost all of these same photos from our visit in 2008. Paris is truly my most favorite city in the whole world!


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