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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

It's an Arc de Triomphe! But not the great Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and its construction is linked to the other. Napoleon celebrates his spectacular triumph at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 against a great European coalition. It is said that after this battle he ordered to build the great Arc de Triomphe, however returning from his campaigns, Paris only had a wooden model of the current Arc de Triomphe. As it had to go through an arch, they built it between 1807 and 1809, smaller than the other.

The monument stands in front of the ancient Palace of Tuileries serving as an entrance of honor. Its name comes from the current roundabout where was the Place du Carrousel, created by Louis XIV for the birth of his first son.
If you look at the names, they correspond to Napoleon's diplomatic and military victories inscribed on marble.

It is also said that when Napoleon stole the statue placed in the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, he would have placed it up here to humiliate the Prussians with their war trophy. Finally, it was recovered and restored and the current statue is a later sculpture.


Pratical Information


 Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre (Line 1 or 7)
Paris District 1.