Arc de Triomphe

 

After a visit to the Eiffel Tower next on the list of things to see was the Arc de Triomphe. Its about an hours walk from the tower. It’s not until you actually get close to the monument that you realise just how big it is. For a perspective look for all the people at the top on the photos below.

 

The Arc de Triomphe Paris, was constructed between 1806 and 1836. There where quite a few changes to the plans whilst in construction all due to political and power struggles but the Arch still retains the essence of the original idea which was a powerful, unified ensemble. The design was infact a inspired by the Roman Arch, the Arch of Titus.

 

The Triumphal arch was constructed to pay honour to all those that fought for France in many of the wars or conflicts but in particular to those who fought in the Napoleonic wars. At the top of the arch on the inside the names of the generals and the wars fought are engraved. The memorial flame that is relit every night at 18:30 above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war has made the Arch a revered patriotic site.

 

The Arc de Triomphe stands 49.5 m (162 ft) tall, 45 m (150 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The smaller vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. Its quite a climb to the top, 284 steps to a small museum with a further 46 steps to get to the top (I have since been told there is a lift to the museum level but I didn’t see one). Once up there, as with the Eiffel tower the views are spectacular. The avenues leading to the Arch are stunning in themselves but it’s the views of the rest of the city that stand out. I hope I have captured the photos in a way to show this whilst not forgetting the details of the Arch itself.

 

The Arc de Triomphe is another fantastic attraction to visit, well recommended. Next for us was an hour’s walk back to the hotel for some food and a beer (€10 each, ouch) and get ready for the visits the next day. The stunning Notre Damn Cathedral and The Louvre where the Mono Lisa is displayed, but those are for more blogs……..enjoy the photos……

 

Paul

 

The approach and spiral stairs to the top

 

Couple of shots from the Museum.

From the top.

The details from the Arc de Triomphe

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