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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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This is a guest post which was submitted by Anne S. in Paris to me by email for posting here on the Read More


As an actual fact, in Paris, there is more than one “Arc de Triomphe”, but as everyone knows, Read More


Paris is not only among the most romantic destinations in the world, it heads the list. Who hasn't d Read More


A first time visitor to Paris can not miss the majestically and imposing Arc de Triomphe in the cent Read More


The Arc de triomphe Paris recently underwent interior renovations. Beginning in 2006 and completed i Read More

Facts About The Arc De Triomphe

Just the Facts:

  • The construction of the  Arc de Triomphe in  Paris was ordered in 1806 by Napoleon, the French Emperor.
  • Napoleon wanted to honor the Grande Armee, the name of the French army at that time.
  • The Grande Armee had conquered most of Europe and was then considered invicible. After his Austerlitz victory in 1805, Napoleon said to his soldiers : "You will return home through archs of triumph".
  • The construction had been stopped between 1814 (abdication of Napoleon) and 1826.
  • The Arc de Triomphe costed 9.3 millions French francs, a gigantic amount of money at that time.
  • The names of 128 battles of the first French Republic and Napoleon's Empire are written on the white walls under the vault together with the names of the generals who took part in them.
  • The construction of Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1836, long after Napoleon's death in 1821.