One of Many Monuments to Visit While Travelling in France: Arc de Triomphe

Travelling in France will always be fun and exciting. There are many places to be explored and ventured. Known for its historical buildings and monuments, France will be an ideal destination for those who prefer an artsy vacation and kiu kiu online. The beauty of these monuments is unquestionable.

Famous Historical Buildings

Some of the most famous historical buildings and monuments are located in Paris, the capital of France. The most famous one being the Eiffel Tower. Other than that, there is also another huge monument in Paris which also has become Paris’ landmark. It is Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile or also known as Arc de Triomphe in English. Do not miss to check this monument out when you are travelling in France.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

The Arc is located in the middle of Place de Gaulle, the large circular square and the biggest traffic center in Paris. There are around no less than twelve streets emerges from it. Standing at the end of Champs-Elysees, the Arc is said to link the old Paris and the new Paris, as it is situated between the Louvre on one side, and the financial district with its skyscrapers on the other side. You might be wondering “why was the Arc built in the first place?”

Not surprisingly, it was built in order to honor military victories. The result is what you can see today; a near 50 meters high and 45 meters wide masterwork. It is one of the largest Arc of Triumph in the world, placing second, only beaten by the Arc of Pyongyang in North Korea.

Jean Chalgrin

The monument was designed by the French architect Jean Chalgrin 1806. Chalgrin later died in 1811, and during the construction process, a number of other architects carried out his work. The design of the Arc is inspired by the Roman Arc of Titus. It is located in Rome, but in a more Neo-classical style. As you can see, the Arc is stacked with wonderful reliefs and sculptures. The most prominent feature of the Arc is however the large statues rests at the base of the columns.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

Beneath the Arch, you will also find an interesting grave. This grave provides the final rest for one of the many unidentified solders who died during the First World War. It is known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the grave, a flame burns in memory of the dead, not only for this man, but for all unidentified dead soldiers who lost their lives during the two World Wars. In 1961, the US President, John F. Kennedy paid his respect at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, accompanied by French President and war hero Charles de Gaulle.

Throughout the years, the Arc has been the place of many other major events and national celebrations. Today, the Arc de Triomphe is visited by millions of people each year. If you haven’t already, I recommend you to take a closer look at the arc by going through the underpass. It is also possible to enter the top, which will give you a great view over central Paris. Take your time to visit this monument when you are travelling in France.