Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A = Arc de Triomphe - French Faves, A to Z Blog Challenge 2015

To feel its immensity, you must stand beneath it.

The Arc de Triomphe, Paris, by DG Hudson

A = Arc de Triomphe de L'Étoile
Arch of Triumph of the Star

The Arc is at the center of a dodecagonal configuration of twelve radiating avenues on the Right Bank of the Seine River.  It is a military monument honouring all the French victories and those generals who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. At the foot of the monument beneath the arch, lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.

The viewing level at top is a great viewpoint for aerial photography, as seen in the image below. The height allows you to see the layout of the streets while still retaining enough detail of the buildings.

View from the Arc de Triomphe, by DG Hudson

During special celebrations, the French flag flutters beneath the arch. . .

French Flag in the Arc de Triomphe, by Green Eye (prop DGH)

The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the Axe Historique, a sequence of monuments and thoroughfares which form a line from the Louvre courtyard to the Grande Arche de la Défense. Of the four sculpted groups in the supporting legs of the Arc de Triomphe, the following is my favorite:

The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792, aka La Marseillaise, sculpted by François Rude. 

"The Departure of the volunteers of 1792" (a.k.a. La Marseillaise), sculpture by François Rude, WC*

Were you aware of any of these facts about the Arc de Triomphe? Did you know the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI was beneath the monument?

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*Image Credit: La Marseillaise

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