Pictures and text by Sonja Hurt
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument to commemorate the soldiers of the Napoleonic period as well as the unknown dead of WWI and WWII. The original monument was commissioned by Napoleon.
|This is a view from across the street. You cross a tunnel underground to get to the center of the monument. You can see in this picture just how large a scale the Arch is.|
|This is a side view of the monument. You can see how much detail there is on the monument from this view as well.|
|This is a view from the inside looking up. You can see the names on the wall of the fallen soldiers, as well as the detailed ceiling art and sculptures.|
|This is the eternal flame. Translated into English is "Here lies a French Soldier who died for his fatherland 1914-1918."|