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A Beautiful Piece Of History Stands Tall In The World Famous Arc De Triomphe

A Beautiful Piece Of History Stands Tall In The World Famous Arc De Triomphe


    

A Beautiful Piece Of History Stands Tall In The World Famous Arc De Triomphe

by Michael Boxer

Paris is among the most romantic destinations in the world. Who hasn't dreamed of paying a visit to this marvelous city of love? Romance is in the air as you walk through the largest city of France and become imbued in its rich culture and architecture. This French capital will have you want to return again and again. You'll never get enough of Paris. How can one forget the City of Light, Haute Couture, Champagne, Arc de Triomphe and the Mona Lisa?

Among the myriad of attractions are the world famous Eiffel tower, the monumental masterpiece Notre-Dame-de-Paris and a long list which follows. Among all the exclusively attractive architectural gems of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is one place worth mentioning. Owing to its breathtaking architecture, this place is known to be the largest triumphal arch.

The famous Parisian monument is situated right at the top of Chaillot hill. There are a dozen avenues that start at this point and go outwards, forming a star. The Arc de Triomphe offers an impressive panoramic view of the city. From here one can see a smaller arch and the Luxor obelisk.

This magnificent monument was commissioned at the beginning 1800s by Emperor Napoleon. He wanted to immortalize the victory of his men by building a colossal monument rising up to 162 feet. This arch is decorated by various sculptures from different French sculptors. Naturally, the arch is strongly associated with political manifestations, representing the love for France and the willingness to sacrifice for it.

The arch is nicely decorated with carvings representing mostly victories and historical landmarks. At the ground-level you will find mainly those representing Napoleon's victories. These historical events are immortalized by various sculptors, such as Francois Rude, Cortot and Etex.

Such a colossal structure can only leave you mesmerized. The arch was erected to commemorate people and events. At its highest point, you will find engraved the most notorious battles conquered under Napoleon during the Revolution.

You can't go to Paris and not visit the arch. This is too big of a piece of history to pass by. The city of Paris is paradise for history lovers and romance. At the Arc de Triomphe Paris, you are surrounded by meaningful architecture, where all is rich in history. The novel Da Vinci Code depicts many of these places, but there is nothing compared to seeing it yourself.

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