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Arc de Triomphe Facts for Kids

  • Name: Arc de Triomphe
  • Location: Paris, France, Europe
  • Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
  • Built: Between 1806 and 1836
  • Designed by: French architect Jean Chalgrin
  • Height: 164 feet
  • Significance: A famous monument in Paris, France

29 Arc de Triomphe Facts for Kids

  1. The Arc de Triomphe is a French monument that was built in the 19th century.
  2. The Arc de Triomphe monument was built to honor the people who fought and died during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the WW1 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is underneath it.
  3. The Arc de Triomphe is in Paris, France, Europe.
  4. The street address for the Arc de Triomphe is Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France.
  5. The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by the former Emperor of the French Napoleon Bonaparte.
  6. The Arc de Triomphe was designed by French architect Jean Chalgrin.
  7. Jean Chalgrin designed the Arc de Triomphe using the neoclassicism architectural style.
  8. The design of the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by the Arch of Titus.
  9. Construction of the Arc de Triomphe started on August 15th, 1806.
  10. Construction of the Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1836.
  11. The height of the Arc de Triomphe is 164 feet.
  12. The width of the Arc de Triomphe is 148 feet.
  13. The depth of the Arc de Triomphe is 72 feet.
  14. The Arc de Triomphe is the second largest Triumphal Arch in the world.
  15. The artwork on each of the four pillars of the Arc de Triomphe honor a different event in French history.
  16. One pillar (Le Départ de 1792) celebrates the Insurrection of August 10th, 1792 of the French Revolution.
  17. One pillar (Le Triomphe de 1810) celebrates the signing of the 1809 Treaty of Vienna.
  18. One pillar (La Résistance de 1814) celebrates the French resistance during the War of the Sixth Coalition.
  19. One pillar (La Paix de 1815 ) celebrates the 1815 Treaty of Paris.
  20. In 1840, the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte were passed under the Arc de Triomphe.
  21. In 1919, French aviator Charles Godefroy flew a biplane underneath the Arc de Triomphe.
  22. In 1940, German soldiers marched by the Arc de Triomphe after the Fall of France during World War 2.
  23. In 1944, French and Allied soldiers marched by the Arc de Triomphe after the Liberation of Paris during WW2.
  24. In 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visited the Arc de Triomphe and the WW1 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay their respects.
  25. In 1983, the Arch of Triumph in North Korea was built, it was modeled after the Arc de Triomphe.
  26. In 1995, the Arc de Triomphe was the site of a terrorist attack by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria.
  27. In 2002, Maxime Brunerie attempted to assassinate former President of France Jacques Chirac near the Arc de Triomphe with a rifle.
  28. In 2018, the Arc de Triomphe was vandalized during the Yellow Vests movement protests.
  29. The Arc de Triomphe use to be called the Place de l'Étoile.

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