Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

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Located in the Place du Carrousel on the site of the former Tuileries Palace, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories. Don't confuse it with the more famous Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile nearby, which was designed in the same year, but took 30 years to build and is about twice the size. This monument was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome, and served as a gateway of the Tuileries Palace, the Imperial residence, before its destruction in 1871. Once, the famous horses of Saint Mark's cathedral in Venice, captured in 1798 by Napoleon, sat atop the arch. However, in 1815 following the Battle of Waterloo and the Bourbon restoration, France gave the sculpture back to Venice. A new set of horses, sculpted in 1828, now sits atop the arch. Put Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paris trip itinerary planner .
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  • This large gate provides a scenic entrance to the Jardin des Tulleries. With ornate decorations, it draws tourists from the Louvre so it can be a bit crowded. Still, it provides a nice picture point w...  more »
  • Between the Louvre and the gardens of tulleries stands this imposing memorial arch, very beautiful and elegant.
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