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napoleons triumph

looking up the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe from the top of a tourist bus.

 

The Arc was not completed when Napoloen returned with his Austrian bride Archduchess Marie-Louise in 1810 so Napoleon had a wooden mock-up of the Arch constructed for he and his bride to walk through.

Its construction was not completed until 1836.

Napoleon's body passed under it on 15 December 1840 on his way to his final resting place.

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Taken on February 28, 2009