Arc de Triomphe

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Arc de Triomphe Triumphal arch in the Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is a generalized copy of the triumphal arches erected in ancient Rome to commemorate the victories of individual emperors. Napoleon I commissioned J. F. Chalgrin to design this version, completed in 1836. It is one of the city's most celebrated landmarks.

Arc de Triomphe

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Arc de Triomphe a ceremonial arch standing at the top of the Champs Élysées in Paris, commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victories in 1805–6. Inspired by the Arch of Constantine in Rome, it was completed in 1836. The Unknown Soldier was buried under the centre of the arch on Armistice Day 1920.