"Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel" Musée du Louvre Tip by sim1
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From the square at the Louvre you can't really miss seeing the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel; as it is only a few steps away from the museum. And probably at first sight you think right away about the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, which is the big and the famous triumphal arch everyone knows. This 'mini' Arc is 20 metres high and about 23 meters wide. It has one high arch, flanked by two smaller ones and the exterior is decorated by eight Corinthian rose-coloured granite columns. On top you can see eight statues of soldiers of the Empire (picture 3). The whole structure is finished off with 4 bronze horses (picture 1). And if you wonder if these bronze horses look familiar to you, you could be right! This statue originally comes from the facade of Basilica di San Marco in Venice, and when you have visited Venice, you will have most likely seen the exact same statue. The statue in Paris isn't the original though, as these famous Greek horses were returned to Venice in 1815.
The famous Arc de Triomphe and this 'mini' one have a few things in common, they were both commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate France's military victories in 1805. They are also both part of the "Axe historique" ("grand historic axis") of Paris, which is an amazing nine-kilometre long linear route which dominates central and western Paris. The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is the easternmost part of the Grand Axis. So why don't we follow a bit of this "Axe Historique" and walk slowly westwards......
Address: Place du Carrousel
Directions: Métro: Tuileries, Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
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