Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: Napoleon, Victories and Peace

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel: Napoleon, Victories and Peace

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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. © 2011 Francis Beddok AKA paris-emoi

 

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Although called the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, as you can see there are actually three arches in this monument built on the site of the former Tuileries Palace.

Many travelers stand at the Arc for panoramic photographs. Ahead is a view of the place de la Concorde and its Obelisk, Avenue des Champs-Elysées and straight ahead along the planned axis line, the larger Arc de Triomphe. Behind you, of course, Musée du Louvre and its I.M. Pei Pyramide.

The Arc was commissioned by the victorious Emperor Napoleon I to mark the French army’s 1805 victories. The Louvre’s site has more details (in French) about the architects, bas-relief designs and bronze horses taken by Napoleon from San Marco Cathedral in Venice and returned in 1815. The present sculptures atop the Arc were built by Baron François Joseph Bosio to symbolize Peace in the basket with Victories at the side.

 

Francis Beddok AKA Paris-émoi is a Paris-based photographer who captures sacred sites and profane sights in Paris. Please click on his name to view his photographs published by BonjourParis every other week.

 

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