It may look Roman, but it's an all-French celebration of the country's military might.
Marseille's Arc de Triomphe.
Another of Marseilles' iconic landmarks, the Porte d'Aix marks one of the old entrances to the city from the road to Aix-en-Provence, and was inspired by the likes of triumphal arches of Roman emperors Trajan and Titus. It was conceived in 1784 "for the glory of King Louis XIV," who was having problems with internal rebellions and wanted to play up his political achievements, but did not actually start construction until 1823, under the direction of architect Michel-Robert Penchaud, and when after further delay it was finally finished more than a decade later, it was dedicated not to any individual but to the victories of France in general. Today, in spite of subsequent restaurations, you'll notice that the stone has suffered a certain amount of time-induced erosion.