Europe, France, Paris

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile

The Triumphal Arch of the Star is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, which is highly respected. Annual military parades march around the arch rather than under it. Even Adolf Hitler and Charles de Gaulle in the 1940s respected this practice and avoided going through the arch when they were at the monument out of respect for the Tomb. A ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every November 11 on the anniversary of the armistice with Germany. The eternal flame burns honor the memory of soldiers never identified in from the world wars. A coffin with unknown remains is buried beneath the arc with a French inscription that states “Here lies a French soldier who died for the fatherland 1914–1918.”

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get great photos of it! But here is what I have and below the two is a more official photo that I found online.

 

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We also saw the Roue de Paris, which is a transportable 200-foot tall Ferris wheel!

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