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Arc de Triomphe, Paris | by Popeyee
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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806 and stands 50 metres in height, 45 m wide and 22 m deep. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.

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Taken on December 3, 2011