Arc de Triomphe By Eduardo Jauregui
Who created the monument? • Jean Chalgrin (Laid down the foundation for the construction) • The work was taken over by Louis-Robert Goust (Chalgrin’s former pupil), after the architect and designer, Jean Chalgrin, died in 1811. Unfortunately, construction was halted in April 1814 after imperial defeat and invasion.
What is it used for? • The Arc de Triomphehonoursthose who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
When was it built? • August 15, 1806 (Napolean’s birthday) – July 29, 1836 (Inaugurated)
Where is it located? It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.
Why was it built? • To honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.
Significance to the French people? • The French adore the monument because it symbolizes their victories.
Interesting information • Construction began on Napoleon's birthday • Beneath the Arc de Triomphe rests the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which commemorates soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. • It is the second-largest Arc in the world. The biggest one being in North Korea.
Works Cited • http://marcsfrench.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/coup-doeil-sur-paris/ • http://www.placesinfrance.com/history_arc_de_triomphe.html • http://parisriviera.netai.net/about.html