ARC DE TRIOMPHE By Megan Sandry Description Measurements 162 feet tall 150 feet wide 72 feet deep Location Center of the Place Charles de Gaulle Western end of Champs-Élysées History Commissioned by Napoleon in honor of the great Army Built between the years of 1806 to 1836 Architect Chalgrin began the Arc in 1806. After Chalgrin’s death, Joust continued the building process from1811-1814. Work on the monument stopped after Napoleon was defeated. In 1833, work on the monument began again with a new purpose. Blouet is the architect who had the privilege of finishing the Arc. Inaugurated on July 29, 1823 Attractions The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in honor of soldiers killed in World War l. The eternal flame, which is still burning in honor of the unknown soldier. It was lit on November 11, 1923. Relit every evening around 6:30 Materials What is it made of? It is made of stone. Why did they choose this material? It can withstand many weather conditions. It does not damage easily. Stone was common during that time period. Fun Facts A small plane could fly through the opening in the Arc because it is so wide. It takes 248 steps to reach the top of the Arc from ground level. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier represents1,500,000 fallen soldiers. The eternal flame is always lit by a family member of one of the fallen soldiers. Bibliography "Arc De Triomphe Paris - Paris Attractions - Arc De Triomphe." Arc De Triomphe Paris - Paris Attractions - Arc De Triomphe. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://www.arcdetriompheparis.com/>. Peterson, Perri. "Fun Facts - Arc De Triomphe." Fun Facts - Arc De Triomphe. Google Sites, 17 Feb. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <https://sites.google.com/site/frenchproject2222/Announcements/f unfacts>. Sullivan, Mary Ann. "The Arc De Triomphe, Paris France." The Arc De Triomphe, Paris France. Bluffton, 2001. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/arctriomphe/arc.html>.