Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a symbol of the French capital, Paris. A magnificent landmark, beautiful and dignified, the Arc de Triomphe is a momument which has an important place in the so called historical Axis of Paris, which is a series of monuments, starting from the courtyard of the Louvre and ending on the outskirts of the French capital.
Arc de Triomphe occupies the central place of the city, its perimeter collects all the main boulevards of Paris. As is known, the streets are designed so that when seen from above it creates the impression of cut out pieces of cake. That is why the place is called "Square of the star" (Etoile), as a reference to the many avenues that lead back to there.
Arc de Triomphe stands impressively on the central square Charles de Gaulle, the western end of Champs-Elysees. It was built during Napoleon as a monument of soldiers in France during the Napoleonic Wars.
From inside, the upper curve of the triumphal arch are inscribed the names of all generals and soldiers who participated in the Napoleonic Wars.
Construction of the Arc de Triomphe began in 1806. For 20 years it was built first by designer Jean Chalgrin, who died in 1811, then it is assumed the work of Jean-Nicolas Huyot finished the work that the Arc de Triomphe acquired in 1836.
The Iconographic work of both designers represented and included young French soldiers who were naked, bearded in the battle against the Germans. Under the arch is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was built after the First World War.
The gravity of the Arc de Triomphe comes from its spectacular size and beautiful architecture, borrowed from the Arc de Triomphe in Rome. The arch in Paris reached a height of 50 meters with a width of approximately 45 meters. Its large dome is 14.62 meters wide, and reaches a height of 29 19 meters.
In early 1960 the monument is quite visibly blackened by soot, as a result of car fumes. As a result, the detailed facade is restored by bleaching during the year of 1965-1966. In 2007 there was again raised questions about the appearance of the Arc de Triomphe, and it was decided to bleach it and make it shiny again in 2011.
Inside the arch is a small museum, where visitors can see a detailed story of Paris, France and the Napoleonic wars until today and documented history. The decoration of this beautiful monument mainly depicts the battles of the First French Republic and imperial period of 1789-1815.
The roof of the Arc de Triomphe ooffers impressive and beautiful views - east to the Champs-Elysées to the Louvre and the Concorde Square. 284 steps lead to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. For the convenience of visitors it has a built in lift, which leads to a level which should go only to 46 feet, to reach its peak.