Ahh, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris! It really is beautful and detailed! Now before I became interested in architecture, I would wonder, “Why are all these archs and monuments so famous!? I mean it’s just a slab of concrete!” But after looking at some of the most famous monuments, archs and buildings, I realize it’s more than that and some of the monuments mean something!
For example, the Arc de Triomphe was commisioned by Napoleon ( He’s a cutie in the picture I link you to ;)) to recall and remember his military conquests. The Arc de Triomphe is the world’s largest triumphal arch! I just wish I was the architect who built this majestic work of art! His name was Jean Francois Therese Chalgrin. His creation is twice the size of the ancient Roman Arch of Constantine, and the funny thing is, that’s what it’s modeled after!
Work on the Arc was stopped when Napoleon was defeated in 1814, but started up again in 1833 in the name of King Louis-Philippe. (Why are all these famous people cuties?) The Arc is finished and is still standing today!
The design of the arch is considered astylar, meaning
that neither columns nor pillars are used in the design. The style is
Neoclassical a style of architecture that began in the mid-eighteenth century and is derived from the Classical Greek form.
There are four sculptural groups at the base of the Arc. They basically a hommage to
Napoleon and his victories.
The first is called Le Départ de 1792 or The Departure of 1792, a representation
of the French national anthem La Marseillaise.
The second is Le Triomphe de 1810, or the Triumph
Then there is La Résistance de 1814, the Resistance of 1814
And finally, La Paix de 1815, the Peace of 1815
Also, some great battles of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars are engraved on the attic.
A list of French victories is engraved under the great arches on the inside façades of the monument.
On the inner façades of the small arches are engraved the names of the
military leaders of the French Revolution and Empire. The names of those
who died on the battlefield are underlined. ):