Saturday, July 1, 2017
Arc de Triomphe a BIG Surprise!
The Arc du Triomphe is one colossal and impressive monument.
I had seen images of the Arc before, most notably (and historically) in the context of German troops marching through it after conquering France in 1940, then U.S. forces parading through in 1944 after liberating Paris.
The Arc stands 162 feet tall, is 150 feet wide and 72 feet deep. It was built between 1806 and 1836.
Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris' famous and popular shopping, theatre and cafe mecca, ends at the Arc de Triomphe.
There is a small elevator that can be used by those who would rather not walk the long, dizzying (for some) ascension.
This is Paris' financial district.
See my post on the Pantheon here.
Sacre Coeur church, also called the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
This is one site that we did not visit, but wish I had. Maybe next time!
Invalides complex that includes the massive French Army Museum.
I visited Invalides and will soon post on that.
Paris is in the running for the 2024 Summer Olympics. That large 4 Paris structure is part of the city's efforts to secure that selection.
This would have special significance as Paris hosted the 1924 Olympics (and also in 1900).
This image shows the Louvre Museum and the ancient Egyptian Luxor Obelisk. I posted on our visit to the fabulous Louvre art museum. In that post, I included a photo from the Louvre perspective, looking to the obelisk and the Arc de Triomphe.
In design it would be modeled after the Roman Arch of Titus, which dates to 82 AD.
Austerlitz (in present day Czech Republic) over larger Russian and Austrian armies.
He sought a memorial that would document the many great battles of the Napoleonic wars. Inside and outside the arch are listed dozens of battle names and names of French generals involved in them.
1792- "Le Depart de 1792" by Francois Rude. This piece celebrates the cause of the French First Republic during the Aug. 10 uprising. Above the volunteers is the winged personification of Liberty.
Napoleon is being crowned by the Goddess of Victory.
War of the Sixth Coalition.
After Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812, an Allied force of several continental European nations would push back his army to France, would capture Paris in 1814, and force Napoleon's exile (to Alba).
Treaty of Paris, signed in that year.
Napoleon had escaped from his exile in Alba, returned to France, and to power. He would wage war against a "Seventh Coalition" of allied nations that ended with his decisive defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium in 1815.
Unknown Soldiers of World War I.
Napoleonic Wars from 1803-1815!