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Arc de Triomphe / Champs-Elysees. France/Spain Miniterm 2006 May Liu. Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as tribute to French Army Finished in 1836 Chalgrin was architect, but finished by Joust To reach the viewing platform, you have to climb 260 steps up a spiral staircase .

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Arc de Triomphe / Champs-Elysees

France/Spain Miniterm 2006

May Liu


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Arc de Triomphe

  • Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as tribute to French Army

  • Finished in 1836

  • Chalgrin was architect, but finished by Joust

  • To reach the viewing platform, you have to climb 260 steps up a spiral staircase


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Tribute to French Army

  • Napoleon wanted nation to remember not only him, but the victories of his armies

  • Engraved around top are names of major victories won in Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras


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Arc de Triomphe

  • 164 feet high, 148 feet long and 72 feet wide

  • Stands at the end of the Avenue des Champs Élysées

  • In the center of the Place de l'Étoile, formed by the intersection of 12 radiating streets


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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • Arch stands over remains of unknown soldier of WWI

  • Every Armistice Day (Nov. 11th), the president of the Republic lays a wreath



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Parade

  • Every French National Day (July 14th), a military parade down the Champs Elysees begins here


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Champs-Elysees

  • Originally nothing more than some fields

  • In 1616: Marie de Medicis decided to put up a long tree-lined pathway

  • Today has cinemas, cafes, clubs, shops, food, and much more



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East side: Place de Concorde

West side: Arc de Triomphe

East side, West side



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References

  • http://www.discover-paris.info/sightseeing_arc.htm

  • http://www.paris.org/Monuments/Arc/

  • http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/arctriomphe/arc.html

  • http://www.terrace.qld.edu.au/academic/lote/french/icoarc.htm

  • http://www.pps.org/gps/one?public_place_id=105#

  • http://www.usma.edu/publicaffairs/PV/020719/BastilleDay.htm

  • http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/Jun2001/010527-F-0378B-006.html

  • http://www.atkielski.com/inlink.php?/PhotoGallery/Paris/General/UnknownSoldierLarge.html

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champs-%C3%89lys%C3%A9es


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