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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris
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Located in the Place du Carrousel on the site of the former Tuileries Palace, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories. Don't confuse it with the more famous Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile nearby, which was designed in the same year, but took 30 years to build and is about twice the size. This monument was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome, and served as a gateway of the Tuileries Palace, the Imperial residence, before its destruction in 1871. Once, the famous horses of Saint Mark's cathedral in Venice, captured in 1798 by Napoleon, sat atop the arch. However, in 1815 following the Battle of Waterloo and the Bourbon restoration, France gave the sculpture back to Venice. A new set of horses, sculpted in 1828, now sits atop the arch. A visit to Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paris itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I was meeting a friend there and after our meeting, i decided to walk back to my hotel. I did not realize how big it is, i got lost from there. i walked for 4 hours just to go back to my hotel. It mig...  more »
  • It is between the Louvre and the Tuileries garden and is in line with the l' Étoile and le Grand Arche de La Defense, the so-called triumphal way or historic hub. It was built by Napoleón Bonaparte to commemorate his military victories, between 1806 and 1808. It features Corinthian columns in pink marble, statues of soldiers with uniforms typical, low-reliefs detailing the victories, a grand central entrance and two small side. Above the entablemento it has the famous Quadriga, which initially was that of the Cathedral of San Marcos in Venice, and returned, now is a replica. On the sides of the chariot, there are two golden, allegorical statues of victory and peace.
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  • A must see. Not impressive as the triumphal arch of the Champs Elysees, but wonderful anyway.
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