Arc de Triomphe

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Why the
Arc de Triomphe
is special

The soaring, 19th century Arc de Triomphe in Paris is the world's most famous symbol of military victory.

Arc de Triomphe
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Triumphal marches

Both French and invading armies have made triumphal marches through the arch.


It was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806 to honor his army. However, it wasn't finished until 1836, about 15 years after he passed away.


The Arc de Triomphe sits in the middle of a busy roundabout. Twelve avenues radiate outward from it, like the spokes of a wheel.


The monument is truly colossal. It is as high as a modern 16-story building. Its passageway is so wide that a daring pilot in 1919 was able to fly through it.

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