The Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane

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    Patuxai literally Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph, formerly the Anousavary or Anosavari Monument, is a monument in the center of Vientiane, Laos built in 1962 or 1968. It is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. Although bearing a general resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, it is typically Laotian, decorated with many kinnari figures. The Patuxai was built using American funds. The US had given Laos money to build a new airport, however the Laotian government of the day used the money to build the monument instead. As a consequence it is sometimes referred to as the "vertical runway". The monument is situated on Lan Xang Boulevard (sometimes known in Lao as "Thanon Luang", meaning Grand Avenue or Street), which has been called the "Champs Elysées of the East".

    De Patuxai is een triomfboog waarvan de bouw begonnen is in het begin van de jaren 60 van de twintigste eeuw in Vientiane, Laos. De Patuxai was geïnspireerd door de Arc de Triomphe in Parijs. De naam betekent ook letterlijk Boog (patu, pratu) triomf (xai, van het sanskriet woord jaya dat victorie betekent). De triomfboog is gebouwd met cement dat de Verenigde Staten gegeven had om een nieuwe luchthaven aan te leggen. De bijnaam in Vientiane is dan ook: de verticale startbaan. De Patuxai werd voltooid in 1969. Er is een trap die naar de bovenkant van het monument gaat.

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    1. B℮n 76 months ago | reply

      Say Cheese

      A family snapshot at the Patuxai the Victory gate "say cheese" ;-)

    2. Cristina Schultz 75 months ago | reply

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    3. Tommy.Williams 73 months ago | reply

      Simply amazing.

    4. juntos ( MOSTLY OFF) 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Your Preferred Picture, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. lilblueyez1971 72 months ago | reply

      Beautifully Captured

    6. zen.lunatic 66 months ago | reply

      hi ben! you're photos are all so beautiful... i would love to see some of the first photos you took with that belly camera you were talking about!

    7. bettyanddel 55 months ago | reply

      Your photos are so incredible. They allow me to visit places where I would never be able to see otherwise. Your descriptions are so interesting and informative. Great work.

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