Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France

At the western end of Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, sits one of the country’s most famous monuments, Arc de Triomphe. Situated at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc honors those soldiers who fought and died in both the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Arc de TriompheThe victories during those conflicts, as well as the generals, are inscribed on the Arc, while beneath it there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The Arc is one of several monuments that are between Musee du Louvre and La Grande Arche de la Défense.

Arc de TriompheIt stands 164 feet (50 meters) tall and is 148 feet (45 meters) wide and 72 feet (22 meters) deep. Though it was commissioned in 1806 it would not be completed, for various reasons, for another three decades. At the time it was finished it reigned as the tallest triumphal arch, to be beaten by one erected in Korea some 50 years later.

Arc de TriompheThe design of Arc de Triomphe was inspired by the 1st century Roman Arch of Titus, though is over three times as large. The Arc is adorned with many sculptures and reliefs, adding much to its artistic beauty. A lift will take those visiting to the attic (which includes a museum) and a 46 step climb will land a person at the top, where there is offered a 360 degree view across all of Paris.

Arc de TriompheThe Arc de Triomphe is well worth a visit when in Paris.

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La Tour Eiffel – The Eiffel Tower

The idea of what would become La Tour Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower, was first envisioned in 1884 and completed as the entry arch and as a suitable centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair which would mark the centennial of the French Revolution.
Le Tour Eiffel
Standing 320 metres (1,050 feet) tall, Tour Eiffel held the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City grabbed the crown in 1930.

The tower, located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, is the most-visited paid monument in the world, with over 250 million people having made the ascent to the observatory’s upper platform. One could only hazzard a wild guess how many more millions of people have made the trek to view Tour Eiffel in person, but did not pay to make the trip into the lower troposphere.

As one of the most recognizable structures on Earth, and one more of mankind’s engineering marvels, one cannot truly say that have visited Paris without, minimally, walking up to and touching the tower. The far better option, of course, is to view the beauty of Paris (and miles of France, as well) from the upper deck.

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Musée du Louvre – Paris, France

Dating from the 12th century, the historic Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum or the Louvre) is one of the world’s largest museums and is the most visited art museum in the world.  It is one of the central and most notable landmarks of Paris, France, located on the Right Bank of the Seine.

The Louvre houses approximately 35,000 objects, dating from prehistory to the 19th century, which are exhibited throughout an area of 652,300 square feet or 60,600 square metres.

Among the most notable pieces in the permanent collection are the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1519), Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch (130-100 BC) and Winged Victory of Samothrace or the Nike of Samothrace (approx 190 BC).

The Louvre is an absolute must-see art museum. However, due to it’s size and scope one should plan on spending a couple of days to fully appreciate all that it has to offer.

Photography is permitted, but not with a flash. Please respect the art.

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