One of the most remarkable monuments in the Romanian capital Bucharest is the Arc de Triomphe. It was made exactly like the one in Paris. Significantly, Bucharest is tipped in the past as Paris of the Balkans. Arc de Triomphe, and many architectural buildings in the city resemble the urban atmosphere of the French capital.
Interwar Bucharest built dozens of beautiful and elegant buildings of French architects in the style of "fin du siecle". In the 19 century, in the capital of Romania was a boiling dynamic artistic life, which is another reason for the parallels with Paris.
Arcul de Triumf is located in northern Bucharest, Şoseaua Kiseleff. The first arch was made of wood, to celebrate the independence of Romania in 1878 and to be able to go through it parades of troops returning from war. Before every national holiday victorious troops marched under the Arc de Triomphe.
The wooden structure, however, proved unstable and did not last much. Another temporary arch was built in 1922 for the parade of returning from World War Romanian troops.
However, it was demolished in 1935, giving impetus to the Arc de Triomphe to be built in its present form in 1936. It was opened officially in September.
Built on the plans of the architect Petre Antonescu, Arc de Triomphe in Bucharest reaches a height of 27 meters. Its foundations are rectangular with dimensions 25 x 11 50 meters.
Its facade is decorated with sculptures of famous Romanian artists like Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea. Compared with Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the one in Bucharest is slightly smaller, but this is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the country.
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