Modelled on the Arch of Titus in Rome, the result was magnificent and it was all down to Napoleon.
The most famous by far
This is probably the most famous triumphal arch in the world. It was built between 1806 and 1836 at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. The architects, Jean Chalgrin and Jean-Arnaud Raymond, were inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome. At 49 metres high and 45 metres wide it dominates the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. On each of its pillars, you’ll find a different sculpture, entitled Le Triomphe, La Résistance, La Paix and La Marseillaise. Although you can simply take in its impressive exterior, the museum inside the arch offers an interesting account of its construction and history. The panoramic views from the top of the arch are also highly recommended. If you look closely, you’ll see various names carved into the arch belonging to French revolutionaries, soldiers and military leaders. At its base you’ll also find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This monument is 50 metres high and 45 metres wide and its flame is constantly lit in memory of the victims of war. For more information see www.arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr.