A Famous French Monument
L'Arc de Triomphe

L'Arc de Triomphe is a very large monument in Paris.  It honours soldiers who have fought and died for France and was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806.  The construction took a very long time and it was completed in 1836.

It is an arch standing just over 50 metres high and 45 metres wide.  It stands in the centre of a huge roundabout where there is always a lot of traffic circling around. 

This famous roundabout is known as the 'star' because it has twelve roads running out from the centre, making it look like a 12-pointed star.  In fact, the full name of the monument is l'Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile meaning: the triumphal arch of the star. 

The ground where it stands is called la Place de l'Étoile.

Beneath the arch lies la Tombe du Soldat Inconnu - The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War. 

In 1923, an 'eternal flame' - une flamme eternelle - was lit here in memory of all French soldiers lost in war.   It has remained lit ever since.

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