Facts about the Arc d’Triomphe, Paris

Arc dTriomphe1. The Arc d’Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in honor of his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.
2. He gave the order in 1806 but he has never seen the end result.
3. It’s located at Place Charles de Gaulle, the busiest square in Paris. 
4. Under the Arc de Triomphe is an unknown soldier buried.
5. There is also a flame next to the grave of the unknown soldier. It’s an ever-burning fire, to commemorate all in the unknown soldiers who where killed during the first and second world war.
6. The Arc d’Triomphe is 50 meters high, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep.
7. This one is my favorite fact  – In 1919 a pilot named Charles Godefroy made some history and flew with his airplane underneath the Arc d’Triomphe! In 1981 a pilot named Alain Marchand copied the trick and he lost his pilot’s license. You think everyone was warned but for the last time, in 1991, a unknown pilot flew underneath the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Little boys never grew up!  
8. There is an elevator but it won’t go to the platform, there are still a few steps you have to make. The elevator is only available for disabled people, old people and pregnant women.
9. The Arc d’Triomphe has 284 steps and it feels like forever to walk all the way up!
10. The Arc d’Triomphe is the second-largest in the world, after the Triumphal Arch in Pyongyang in North Korea.

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