Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arc de Triomphe of Paris

Having visited the Eiffel Tower and seen Paris from the top, we had sufficient time to move about and to come back again at the Eiffel Tower in the evening to have a Paris boat ride when all its famous buildings are illuminated and also to see the Eiffel Tower beautifully illuminated. 

So we again boarded the Paris Metro - this time heading to the famous landmarks of Paris: the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. The  Arc de Triomphe stands majestically in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle and at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.

As per Wikipedia, 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.

That is me with Arc de Triomphe in the background

The Arc de Triomphe is 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is built on such a large scale that, three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.

The architecture is marvelous - but the stone work, carving and engraving is master piece as can be seen from following close up shots:

The following photo of Arc de Triomphe was taken from the  Champs-Élysées while we were returning having a stroll on the famous fashion centre of Paris.

I will share photos of Champs-Élysées in one of my next posts. Those visiting Paris should not left out these two important landmarks of Paris.

All photos have been taken by me and are accordingly copy righted.

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