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The heavy, 50m high and 45m broad "Arc de Triomphe" was constructed in the years 1806-1836 by order of Napoleon for the glory of the french armies. On top of it there is an outlook platform, which can be reached by an elevator, and from which one has a nice view over Paris.

Aroung the arc there is multiple-lane roundabout, into which not less than 12 avenues lead. This "Place Charles de Gaulle" got its name 1970. Before, it was called "Place de l'Etoile" ("Place of the star"), and this name is still often used. Even 10 years ago it was possible to cross the roundabout overground, if one was very courageous. Nowadays I would advise against this.

Homepage(2)     Holiday pictures    Paris by Michael Becker, 5/2002. Last modification: 5/2002.