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The Arc de Triomphe, in English literally Triumphal Arch, is one of the most famous momuments and tourist attractions in France. It is situated at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the west end of Paris’ Champs-Elysees. There is a smaller arch with stands in the courtyard of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. The arch forms the linchpin in the historic axis of Paris, a series of monuments that stretches from the courtyard of the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Defense.
The Arc de Triomphe was built to commemorate soldiers who died during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The names of French victories and generals are inscribed on the arches inner and outer surfaces. Below the Arc’s vault is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War One. The monument was designed in 1806 and stands 50 metres tall.