Champs-Elysees and Arch of Triumph at the Center of Paris dividing it in 12 pieces of direction

Updated: Sep 11

Arch de Triumph by night

The massive arch is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and stands in majestic isolation in the center of the square. The monument was ordered by Napoleon Bonapart as a memorial to the Grand Army, (Grande Armee in french) after the Victory of the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. The construction was begun in 1806 and completed in 1836 long after the death of Napoleon in 1821 by Chalgrin. Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin designed the Arch in Neoclassical style, he was inspired by the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum.


The arch has many sculptured which are symbolizing many event such as battles and events. In addition, 128 battles are listed of Napoleon's Empire and the French Republic on the white walls under the vault together with the names of the generals who took part on each particular event.


The dimension of this arch is 50 meters (164 feet) high and 45 meters (148 feet) wide. In order to have a better idea of the dimension the Arch of Triumph this construction has a single archway and actually exceeds in size the Arch of Constantine in Rome.