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The Arc de Triomphe and the City of Love
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 16:58   

Paris is not only among the most romantic destinations in the world, it heads the list. 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 desiring 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 all-world Mona Lisa?

Although the Eiffel tower remains the must-see monument and architectural work, Paris has plenty of other outstanding architectural attractions. Its basilicas are simply breathtaking! Notre Dame de Paris is one of these. Still, the Arc de Triomphe monument is also a very noteworthy piece of architecture due to being the biggest of the world's triumphant arches.

If you want a spectacular view of Paris, go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Since it is located at the highest point of Chaillot hill, there is no better place to be to take in the city's beauty. The monument itself is the center of several avenues that form a star. It is situated on the west side of the Champs-Elysees.

Napoleon Bonaparte requested that this spectacular piece of architecture be built in honor of his men and their victories in 1806. Of course it had to be big, 162 feet high. It is ornamented with some Gothic sculptures. Since this has a strong political symbolism, it is only normal to see the arch associated with French nationalism.

The physical description of the arch takes us to the time of French victory over numerous provinces. At the foundation of its four massive pillars, reminiscing the victory of 1810 (by Cortot); Resistance, and Peace (both by Etex); and The Departure of the Volunteers, more commonly known as La Marseillaise (by Francois Rude).

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 Arc de Triomphe. 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 Arch, you are surrounded by meaningful architecture, where all is rich in history. The recent novel, Da Vinci Code, depicts many of these places, but there is nothing compared to seeing the arch yourself live and in person.