Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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."

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