Arc de Triomphe history.pdf - Arc de Triomphe The Arc de Triomphe was built in 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte the French Emperor wanted the capitol of his

Arc de Triomphe history.pdf - Arc de Triomphe The Arc de...

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 4 pages.

Arc de Triomphe The Arc de Triomphe was built in 1806. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor wanted the capitol of his empire to be the most beautiful city in the world. After the French victory in the battle of Austerlitz he told his soldiers in the ‘Grande Armee’ that he wanted to honour them. He told his soldiers that they would return home through arches of triumph. On national holidays the arc is decorated with flags and is either the start of finish mark for parades. Jean Chalgrin was the architect that designed the arc. It is modeled after the Roman Arch of Constantine but is twice the size reaching 49m high, 45m wide, and 22m deep. It is the largest triumphal arch in the world. The walls are covered in sculptures and engraved with the names of 128 battles fought by the French Republic and Napoleon between 1792 and 1814. The walls also have the names of 558 generals who fought in the battles. Construction started in 1806 and it was finished in 1836 it took a total of 30 years
Image of page 1
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
Image of page 4

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 4 pages?

Unformatted text preview: to build but was only worked on for 18 years. During the years of 1814 and 1826 construction was put on hold because of the abdication of Napoleon. The arc cost 9.3 million French francs to design and build. Napoleon had been dead for 15 years before the Arc de Triomphe was completed, it was finished under the rule of King Louis Philippe. In January 1921 a French soldier who fought and died during WW1 was buried next to a torch at the base of the Arc de Triomphe. Nobody knows who this soldier is so he is known as the Unknown Soldier, the torch is lit every evening at 6:30 p.m. to recall the sacrifice made by the soldiers during the war. Veterans lay wreaths decorated in red, white, and blue beside the torch. November 11, 1923 was the first time the torch was lit and everyday since then it has been rekindled by a member of the Committee of the Flame. ...
View Full Document

  • Fall '08
  • WORMER
  • History, Napoleon

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors