The Arc de Triomphe is considered to be one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was erected right in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle. Originally its name was Placed de l’Étoile, somewhat at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It should not be perplexed with a smaller archway, the Arc du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The curve de Triomphe means honours to those who had fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all such French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces of the structure. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Napoleon I had an ambition of making their capital of his empire the most attractive and beautiful city in the world. By the end of 1806, they had planned of erecting a column dedicating it to the glory of the Grand Army. It is in the record that it took almost two years just to lay the foundations. A wood and painted canvas replica of the Arch was constructed in line with as it was to be built. This formal arch allowed Chalgrin to make some last second changes after seeing what it would look like. The work was taken over by Louis-Robert Goust, after the architect and designer, Jean Chalgrin, died in 1811. Unluckily, construction was halted and stopped in April 1814 after imperial defeat and invasion.
The Astylar design in the neoclassical version of ancient Roman architecture is by Jean Chalgrin. The most important academic sculptors of France are represented in the sculpture of the Arc de Triomphe, specifically Étex, Cortot, Rude, Pradier and Lemaire. Further, it is stated the main sculptures are treated as independent trophies applied to the vast stonework masses. The four sculptural groups at the Peace are both by Antoine Etex.
It is believed on every year, on 11 November, a ceremony is apprehended in commemoration of the anniversary of the armistice signed in between France and Germany in 1920. Many famous victory marches have led past that include the Germans in 1871, the French in 1918, and the Germans again in 1940 and the French and the Allies in 1944 and 1945.