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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 17, 2011
From journal Who needs a man to take you to Paris?
by wasa girl
March 5, 2011
From journal Five Days In Paris
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 7, 2011
From journal The most beautiful city in the world
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
September 4, 2005
That aside the Arc is truly magnificent and the poignant sight of the "eternal flame" alongside the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is etched on my memory. Somehow the traffic noise was lost to one and al as we all pondered the symbolism and simplicity of the strong messages emitted by the tomb and the flame.
This 50 metre high by 45 metre wide arch is a colossus of its type with some classical relief sculptures exceedingly well preserved, considering the bashing it must get from the polluting traffic that thunders daily around it. Facing the Champs-Elysees the four scenes commemorate The Marseillaise (1792), General Marceau’s funeral, the signing of the Treaty of Vienna, and the battle of Aboukir whilst in the opposite direction the scenes include the capture of Alexandria and at the lower level "resistance" and "peace" by Etex (a less accomplished sculpture than Rude who was responsible for the other main panels).
The frieze towards the top of the arch is cluttered with hundreds of figures (all 6-feet tall) and it is somewhat difficult to take it all in. The shields, right at the top, name the greatest victories of the Revolution and the French empire whilst inside the arch, are engraved the "lesser victories and the names of over 550 generals (those who died in battle are underlined)
It’s a popular misconception that the archway was built as a tribute to Napoleon whereas in reality it was to commemorate the forces of the French Revolution, liberation and continued freedom. It took over thirty years for it to be completed and now it is at the centre of one of the busiest junction in the centre of Paris with twelve avenues converging at the Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe.
There’s a small museum inside the Arch documenting its history and construction and the admission charge allows you to climb to the top for further views of Paris. I don’t think you miss out if you don’t bother with an internal inspection of the Arc although it is the only place that you can fully appreciate the radiating roads.
It is a remarkable tribute to the French people and historically I was interested that Victor Hugo’s body lay in state here in 1885, whereas Napoleon funeral procession only passed under the arch.
From journal Picturesque Paris
May 2, 2008
From journal Paris, S'il Vous Plait
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 18, 2007
This arch lies at the centre of the east-west axis from Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to Grande Arche de la Defense. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 but problems ensued and Napoleon's demise delayed its completion until 1836. The arch is 50m tall and is covered with bas-relief and statues depicting victories. High up is a row of shields which bare the names of victories that Napoleon had in Europe and Africa.
Napoleon after the victory in the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 had promised that his soldiers would return home under triumphal arches - but this was only realised after WW1. And then in 1920 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed at the base of the arch and also an eternal flame to commemorate the dead of both World Wars. This arch lies in the centre of a very busy roundabout, known originally as Place d'Etoile because there are 12 avenues radiating out from here, (though it is now Place Charles de Gaulle). To reach the arch safely there are several subways under the road. It costs about 8 euros to climb to the top of the arch - but there is a narrow stone staircase to climb. However, there are good 360 degree views around Paris but I think there are better views to be had.
There is a metro station here with 2 lines crossing here. The arc also lies at the top of the Champ Elysees, probable the city's most famous thoroughfare, and as such worth a walk down. The major detraction is that it is a busy road with a lot of noisy traffic. There are plenty of places to have a coffee and say that you did so, however its not exactly the most pleasant atmosphere - and the cheapest option is to do so with one of the fast food restaurant who do have canopied areas at the front.
From journal Exploring Paris
August 7, 2000
by Monique Witsel
March 29, 2006
From journal Montpellier, France: 10 weeks
Diamond Bar, California
June 17, 2005
In addition to the view from the top, the monument also houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was built to commemorate the lives lost in the two world wars, but it also serves as a solemn reminder of all the lives lost in history’s darkest times. A flame and a memorial where people lay flowers mark the spot.
Inside the Arc, there is an excellent exhibit of photos from World War II. I think that there is supposed to be another area that covers more information on the building of the Arc, but it was closed for remodeling. The price of the Arc de Triomphe is also covered in the museum pass if you have it. Oh, by the way, make sure to take the underground passageway to the Arc. We actually saw people risking death by trying to run across the 12 lanes that encircle the monument.
From journal Paris for Beginners