Metro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile
The Arc de Triomphe is a 164 foot tall triumphal arch planned by Napoléon
to celebrate his military successes. The emperor wanted the monument completed in time for
an 1810 parade in honor of his new bride, Marie-Louise, the arch was still only a few feet
high, and a dummy arch of painted canvas was strung up to save face. There is a small
museum halfway up the arch devoted to its history.
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