At the top of the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the most illustrious symbol of French national history. The Arc de Triomphe is linked to the French people collective unconscious mind in a way that transcends its architectural and artistic value. It is part of the historic urbanlandscape of France and its national culture. From the top there is an excellent view of all of Paris.
In 1806, after the victory at Austerlitz, Napoléon I decided to build an arch in "place de l'Etoile" to glorify the "Grande Armée". The architect Jean-françois Chalgrin designed it and the building work was finished in 1836, under Louis-Philippe. Famous victory marches past the Arc included the Germans in 1871, the French in 1918, the Germans in 1940 and the French and Allies in 1944 and 1945. Charles de Gaulle survived an attack upon him at the Arc during a parade. The architecture is a Neoclassical version of ancient Roman architecture. Major academic sculptors of France are represented in the sculpture of the Arc de Triomphe : Cortot, Rude, …tex, Pradier and Lemaire. The most renowned of the four sculptural groups of the Ars is the Departure of the Volunteers of '92 commonly called La Marseillaise (François Rude). The face of the allegorical representation of France calling forth her people on this last was used as the belt buckle for the seven-star rank of Marshal of France. In the attic above the richly sculptured frieze of soldiers are 30 shields engraved with the names of major Revolutionary and Napoleonic military victories. The inside walls of the monument list the names of 558 French generals. The names of those who died in battle are underlined. The monument stands over 51 metres (165 feet) in height and is 45 metres wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence (North Korea built a slightly larger Arch of Triumph in 1982 for the 70th birthday of Kim Il-Sung); the Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that an early daredevil flew his plane through it The Arch is destroyed by the Eiffel Tower in Team America: World Police and in Armageddon, where a huge meteor slams into Paris.
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