Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Views of the World, Arch of Triumph, Paris, France
I've been to the Arc de Triomphe, and it's a pretty impressive building. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, and it was meant to honor French victories during the revolution and Napoleonic Wars. It's 50 meters tall, or for those of us who still measure things in the English mode, 164 feet. When it was completed in 1836, during the reign of Louis-Philippe I, it was the tallest such arch in the world. Since then it's fallen to number three. The tallest is in Mexico City, and number two, Pyongyang, North Korea. And yes, I wondered about that one, too.
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