Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

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    The Arc de Triomphe de Carousel

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 4, 2014

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    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is located in the Place du Carrousel. It is built on the site of the former Tuileries Palace. Construction of this arch began in 1806 and was completed in 1808. It was originally built to commemorate the victories of the Emperor Napoleon. It is half the size of the Arc de Triomphe.

    The arch was originally adorned with the famous horses of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice. These had been captured and stolen from St Mark's in 1798 by Napoleon.

    In 1815, following the Battle of Waterloo, France handed over these statues to the Austrian Empire and they were returned to Venice. The horses were replaced by a sculpture created by Baron François Joseph Bosio. This sculpture shows Peace riding in a triumphal chariot with gilded Victories on each side.

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    Arc du Carusel

    by mindcrime Written Mar 25, 2014

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    I never manage to catch a good pic of this monument on a sunny day, it’s because usually I plan to visit Louvre (that is located 150m away) on a cloudy/rainy day. The only difference between my 2 photos is that I had a better camera with me in 2014 than in 2005 :) So I decided to put the backside from my first visit and the front side from my visit on march 2014.

    Arc de Triomphe du Carrusel is 19m high monumental triumphal arch that was designed in early 19th century along with the most famous and much bigger Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, both of them to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories as the romans used to do in the past (it is modeled after the Arch of Constantine in Rome). Originally the arch was built as a gateway to the Tuileries palace but the palace was destroyed during the paris commune (1871) so now stands alone as a smaller sister of the bigger arc de Triomphe that stands 3km to the west and the Grand Arc of Defense (8km west), all of them on the same line. You can still imagine the palace as you walk along the Jardins des Tuileries, there are some nice sculptures along with fountains and ponds but the unbroken shading of grey black in the sky didn’t leave me any choice, I got into the metro station Tuileries (line 1) and promised myself to visit it again during a sunny day in the future.

    The arch has many bas-reliefs about Napoleon’s victories but also sculptures and statues, eight of them on top of the eight Corinthian columns that hug the arch. On top we see Peace riding in a triumphal chariot but original Napoleon had stolen the horses from St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice to top the arch! (they returned back to Venice in 1815).

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    ARC DE TRIOMPHE DU CARROUSEL

    by balhannah Written Mar 2, 2013

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    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is just a short walk from the Louvre. This Triumphal Arch is a copy of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Napoleon had it built between the years 1807 to 1808 to celebrate the victory of the French imperial army in Austerlitz. It is beautifully decorated with many bas-reliefs depicting the Peace of Pressburg, the 1805 campaign (Napoleon entering Munich, Napoleon entering Vienna, the Battle of Austerlitz, the Tilsit Conference) and the surrender of Ulm.
    The eight marble Corinthian pillars are topped with statues of soldiers from Napoleon's army.

    Located on top of the arch, are four bronze horses, not the ones stolen by Napoleon from St. Mark's Square in Venice, these were returned after Napoleon's downfall at Waterloo. These are replicas.
    A figure of Napoleon was supposed to be put in the chariot, he didn't want this, so the Chariot stayed empty. Since restoration in 1828, an allegoric figure has taken the place of the emperor. It is flanked by statues symbolizing Victory and Peace.

    Not as big as the Arc de Triomphe, but still worth stopping and having a look at. I thought it was a real work of art.

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    The Smaller Arc de Triomphe

    by zadunajska8 Written Jan 12, 2013

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    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel used to be an entrance to the Palais des Tuileries and was built by Napoleon in 1806-1808. Whilst being much smaller than the more famous Arc de Triomphe it is still in the same stright line which links a number of key Paris landmarks, starting here with the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and heading west through the obselisk in Place de la Concorde, down the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe and then on to La Grande Arche at La Défense.

    The Rose marble bas-reliefs depict various victories of Napoleon including the Peace of Pressburg, the Battle of Austerlitz and Napoleon entering Vienna and Munich. It's very derivative of the arch of Septimus Severus in the Forum in Rome

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    Arch of the Carrousel

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 26, 2012

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    This is the triumphal arch built by Napoleon in 1806-8 to celebrate his previous military victories.
    It is built where the Tuilieries Palace used to be before it was destroyed during the time of the Paris Commune.

    This triumphal arch is not a replica of the much larger Arc de Triumphe, which is about twice its size and took 30 years to build.

    It is neat to see how the architects aligned the monuments in Paris. You will see this monument after you leave the Louvre.

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    Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

    by adema29 Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel... it is easy to observe how close is the design of it with the design of Constantine’s Arch in Rome with the three unequal arches and four Corinthian columns on each side.
    Of course, the Dacians from Rome were replaced by statues of Napoleon’s soldiers.

    As a digression, it is said that the statues of the Dacians on Constantine’s Arch are “the statues of Dacian’s prisoners”.
    I’m wondering who in this World have ever made statues with “prisoners” ?!
    Should we say instead that the Dacians on the Arch are probably some Dacians Heroes from those Dacians Wars?!

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    Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

    by leffe3 Updated Dec 26, 2010

    Not the more famous Arc de Triomphe (de i'Etoile to give it its full name) but the much smaller yet older Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is to be found between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.

    The triumphal arch was built by Napoleon in 1806-08 to commemorate his various victories. The more famous Arc de Triomphe de i'Etoile was designed the same year, but being more than twice the size, took some 30 years to build.

    Carrousel originally stood at the entrance to the Palais du Tulieries (which was burnt down in the 1870s) and now forms a perfectly aligned axis with the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees, as well as the Grande Arch de la Defense 9 kms away (although the latter cannot be seen from the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel).

    Originally, the Carrousel was topped with the horses from St Mark's Cathedral in Venice, taken by French Forces in 1798. But these were returned ten years after the unveiling of the Carrousel and replaced by statues depicting Peace riding a triumphal chariot led by 4 horses and gilded Victories.

    Today it stands surrounded on three sides by the Louvre Museum, 2 wings of which were added in the late 19th century after the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built.

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    Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

    by Chuckaziz Updated Dec 9, 2009

    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch located close to the Louvre Palace. The top of the Arc has a chariot with a team of horses. The sculptures of the horses, chariot and figure atop the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel were built by Baron François Joseph Bosio in 1828.

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    Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

    by von.otter Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    “A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him.” — Napoleon (1769-1821)

    And speak he did. Napoleon promised his soldiers of la Grande Armée that they would march into Pairs under triumphal arches following their victories of 1805. To fulfill that promise, Napoleon commissioned Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Located on the Place du Carrousel, just west of the Louvre, the arch was built between 1806 and 1808. It is modeled on Ancient Rome’s Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum.

    Originally, the arch was topped by the horses from Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, plundered by Napoleon; but these were returned to Venice in 1815. A quadriga replaced them (see photo #3). This sculpture grouping depicts Peace riding in a triumphal chariot, the four horses led by gilded Victories on either side. The 1828 composition commemorates the Restoration of France’s Bourbon kings following Napoleon’s defeat and exile.

    The center arch, 21 feet high and 9 feet wide, is flanked by two smaller ones, each 15 feet high and 9 feet wide. Around its exterior are eight, rose-colored marble Corinthian columns, each topped by a soldier of la Grande Armée. In the attic between the soldiers, bas-reliefs depict, among other allegories, Wisdom and Strength holding the arms of the Kingdom of Italy, accompanied by Prudence and Victory (see photo #4).

    Napoleon’s diplomatic and military victories of 1805 are commemorated by bas-reliefs in rose marble; these include the Surrender of Ulm (see photo #5).

    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel stands at the easternmost end of the Axe historique, the Grand Historic Axis of Paris, a 5.5-mile long route through the central and western parts of the city. The Axis includes the Obélisque de Luxor, in the Place de la Concorde; the Avénue des Champs-Élysées; the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile; and it ends at the Grande Arche de la Defense. The Axis begins and ends with an arch, and one at its center; Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is the smallest of the three.

    The square where the Arc stands takes its name, “carrousel” meaning “little war,” from the practice of using this area to stage military pageants, drills, and contests for the delight of the king’s Court and his subjects.

    One very famous carrousel was held in June 1662 at the command of Louis XIV. This dazzling extravaganza celebrated the birth of Louis’s son, Louis, le Grand Dauphin, heir to the throne. The king, male members of the royal family, the aristocracy, and knights, all costumed in glittering regalia, performed feats of horsemanship, accompanied by music and song.

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    The Carrousel Arc de Triomphe

    by cjg1 Written Feb 7, 2009

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    The Carrousel Arc de Triomphe was is at the netrance of the Louvre. It was buily bt Napoleon I to celebrate the battle of Austerlitz. The arch is topped by for horses pulling a triumphant chariot. The detail of the arch was beautiful and it was amazing walking under the arch.

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    Arc du Carrousel

    by tiabunna Written Nov 30, 2007

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    Having already included tips on the Arc de Triomphe and the other Arches of St-Martin and St-Denis, I really should include one on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (to give its full title). It’s easy to find, right between the Louvre and the Tuilleries Gardens.

    Erected to celebrate Napoleon’s victories of 1805, it originally was crowned by four gilt horses taken from St Mark’s in Venice. The current statuary includes Victory in a chariot with four horses. This is far from being the largest victory arch in Paris, but with the green and gold statues on top, plus the pink columns, I reckon it probably ranks as the most spectacular. What do you think?

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    du Carrousel

    by penumbra Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    My favorite starting point in Paris. That means that I arrive at my hotel, drop my bags, grab my camera and hustle over to La Louvre. Standing under the Arch with my back to the pyramid entrance of the Louvre, the Obélisque de Luxor at the Place de la Concorde is in front of me with the Champs Élysées beyond that on its way up to the Arc de Triomphe at Etoile. Beyond that is the Grande Arch de la Defense. This is the Grand Ax of Paris and a heady inspirational sight it is to see.

    The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victories and was completed in 1808.

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    L'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

    by hquittner Written Jan 6, 2007

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    The Arc du Carrousel (jousting yard) is a clever take on the Arch of Septimus Severus in Rome. It has 8 spectacular pink marble columns derived from another old chateau and it served 2 purposes: as a gateway into the Tuilleries Palace and as a base for the 4 gilt bronze horses from San Marco in Venice, which Napoleon claimed as spoils. The Arc was built from 1806-8. They were returned of course (in1815). In 1828 a quadriga was installed on top bearing the Goddess of Peace. As expected the Arch is decorated with sculpted bas-reliefs of symbols of Napoleon's military success. The Palace was destroyed in the 1871 Revolution. A bit further West the Garden of the Carrousel exists which is now continuous with the Tuilleries Gardens since the motor access to the Pont Royal is now a tunnel. These changes have made this the most spectular vista in Paris.

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    The *other* Arc de Triomphe

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    Though not as famous as its cousin, le Arc de Triomphe Etoile, at the end of Champs Ellysees, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is impressive on its own. It sits in the Place du Carousel near the western end of the Louvre. on the axis with the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Ellysees. It was built by Napoleon from 1806 to 1808 to celebrate his great victories throughout Europe. It is a bit smaller than the other Arc, standing only 63 feet tall, however the statues on the top are very impressive. The original statues were "liberated" from Venice, but returned after World War II, leaving replicas in their place today.

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    Arc de Carroussel

    by rcsparty Written Sep 7, 2006

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    The arch was built in 1806 and was topped by horses stolen from St Marks in Venice. The originals have been returned to Italy and the arch is now topped by replacements. The arch marks the beginning of the Jardin as you leave the Louvre. It is modelled after the Arch of Constantine in Rome.

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