☆ The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel ☆
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..
It has one high arch, flanked by two smaller ones and the exterior is decorated by eight Corinthian rose-coloured granite columns..
It is composed of three arches: a large one and two smaller ones.. The arc is 63 feet high, 75 feet wide and 24 feet deep.. The two small arches are 14 feet, 16 inches high and 9 feet wide.. The large arch is 21 feet high and 9 feet wide..
On top you can see eight statues of soldiers of the Empire.. The whole structure is finished off with 4 bronze horses..
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..
Copies (By MJ)
Original (By Terry)
The statue in Paris isn’t the original though, as these famous Greek horses were returned to Venice in 1815..
Around its exterior are eight Corinthian columns of granite, topped by eight soldiers of the Empire.. Between the soldiers, bas-reliefs depict: the Arms of the Kingdom of Italy with figures representing History and the Arts.. the Arms of the French Empire with Victory, Fame, History and Abundance; and the Wisdom and Strength holding the arms of the Kingdom of Italy, accompanied by Prudence and Victory..
Napoleon’s achievements are commemorated by rose marble bas-reliefs, depicting the Peace of Pressburg, Napoleon entering Munich, Napoleon entering Vienna, the Battle of Austerlitz, the Tilsit Conference, and the surrender of Ulm..
The Arc is located at the easternmost end of the so-called “”Axe historique” (“grand historic axis”)” of Paris, which is an amazing nine-kilometre long linear route which dominates central and western Paris..
Looking westwards, the arch is perfectly aligned with the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arch de la Defense..
The axis thus begins and ends with an arc..
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.
So why don’t we follow a bit of this “Axe Historique” and walk slowly westwards……