(ärk dӘ trēôNf' dӘ lātwäl'), imposing triumphal arch in Paris standing on an elevation at the end of the Avenue des Champs élysées and in the center of the Place de l'étoile, which is formed by the intersection of 12 radiating avenues. It commemorates the victories of Napoleon I, under whose decree it was built. Construction was begun in 1806 by J. F. Chalgrin from his own designs and was carried on after his death by L. Goust, J. N. Huyot, and G. A. Blouet successively, who brought the arch to completion in 1836. It is 164 ft (50 m) high, 148 ft (45 m) wide, and 72 ft (22 m) deep, with colossal symbolic groups flanking the arch. The principal sculpture, La Marseillaise, was executed by François Rude. In 1920 the body of an unknown French soldier of World War I was interred beneath the arch, and a perpetual flame was lighted.
Architect: Unknown Completed: 1982 Location: Pyongyang, North Korea Style/Period: Totalitarian Pastiche At the end of World War II, the eastern A
Massive triumphal arch in Paris. A masterpiece of Romantic Classicism, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments. It stands at the centre of th
Full text Article The Arc de Triomphe and the Place de l'Etoile, illustration for 'Promenades dans Paris et ses environs', c.1840 (colour litho)
Artist: Benoist, Philippe (1813-c.1905) (after) Location: Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France Credit: The Arc de Triomphe and the Place