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The Little Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Little Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, actually; commissioned by Napoleon I to celebrate his victories. It's in the Tuilieries Gardens, close to the Louvre Museum. The horses at the top are copies of those at San Marco in Venice. Napoleon's Grand Army plundered those magnificent horses from San Marco and he installed them here; they weren't returned to Venice until after World War 2. The coloured panelling and columns are a rich rose-coloured marble, very beautiful. A list of Napoleon's victories is inscribed on the monument.

For a visit to the Louvre, the entrance to use is the one close by here, the queues are shorter than at the main entrance. You just don't get such a good view of Mr I M Pei's beautiful glass pyramid.

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