The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, in honour of his imperial armies after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. However, Napoleonís fall from power meant that the Arc was not completed until 1836, fifteen years after his death. This great arch stands tall at the upper end of the famous avenue, Champs Elysees. The structure is totally decorated with unique sculptures and the names of Napoleon's generals are engraved on the walls. The eternal flame underneath the arch burns in honour of the Unknown Soldier of the First World War, buried on this spot.
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