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. Put Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paris trip itinerary planner .
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  • This ARC is less famous than the triumphal arch that sits on top of the Champs-Elysees. Although it is much smaller, it is very beautiful and was also built at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is close to the Carousel du Louvre, and is compulsory passage way to the Jardin des Tuileries.
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  • Smaller than the Arch of triumph in Paris, this small arch built by Napoleon 1st is well highlighted on the esplanade of the Louvre. Many frescos are easily visible on the monument. There are plenty of seats nearby very used by Parisians (and tourists).
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  • This entire street is amazing, but especially on new years eve, this is a great place to be. It was stunning.  more »
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  • Beautiful monument. The view of the city from it, is beautiful. Glad we came to see it. Ignore the scammers trying to give you something that supposedly they found and you should have it if you compensate them monetarily. While in the city keep your valuables close to you, leave passport in the safe at hotel and only have a copy with you. You will walk a lot so have comfortable shoes, I love the Go Walk by Skechers.
  • It is the smallest one of the three arcs, but it is a nice one. You can see beautifully decorated walls and plenty of sculptures. It connects the beautiful Gardens of Tuliers and Louvre together.
  • A smaller but very much beautiful and detailed arc. Definitely worthy a visit if nearby.
  • Love this square! Mad running 5K amazing.
  • Beautifully detailed monument, worth visiting and hanging out around. Lots of immigrant vendors selling trinkets and others selling Segway city tours. People watching is good.
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