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This large single arch in the middle of the Champs Elysse in Paris wa originally begun by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate Imperial France's victories. The inside of the arch is carved with the names of French victories from the Revolution an Napoleonic Wars and more than 500 generals. On the outer surfaces are carved reliefs of which the most famous is La Marseillaise of Francois Rude Inside there is a staircase to the top of the memorial; inside the top of the arch is a small museum and bookstore and then a few more stairs to the terrace on the top of the arch. The view from the top of the Arc provides a magnificent view around Paris and the confluence of the six main boulevards. Underneath the Arc are bronze plaques placed into the pavement that honor all of France's conflicts from the mid-1800s to the present. And in the center of the area underneath the Arc is France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier placed here after World War I. Access to the Arc is provided by an underground walkway from the nearby sidewalks so that observers do not have to cross the very busy streets. The Arc is visible from a great distance down the streets that converge upon the round-about on which it sits. And at night it is lit up with somber amber lights.

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