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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama shows the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands in front of Le Louvre at the eastern end of the Axis Historique of Paris. The panorama shows the arch topped by a chariot drawn by horses. All around are the massive wings of the Louvre itself.

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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - FURTHER INFORMATION

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - Paris visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Paris.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris is a triumphal arch modeled on the Arc of Septimius Severus which stands in the western end of the Roman Forum in Rome. It was built by Napoleon between 1806-1808. It was designed by Charles Percier and Pierre Léonard Fontaine and commissioned to commemorate French victories during 1805. On top of the Arc is a quadriga showing Peace riding in a triumphal chariot with gilded Victories on either sideb, sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio.

The Place du Carrousel in which the arc stands is partially surrounded by the wings of le Louvre, and in this panoramic photograph, in the opposite direction to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, you can see the Pyramide of the Louvre in the Cour Napoléon, which forms the entrance to the museum.

Axe historique

The Arc stands on the western edge of the Place du Carrousel just in front of le Louvre in Paris. It marks the eastern end of the Axe historique (Historic Axis) in Paris. This axis is a 9km line cutting through the center of Paris finishing at the Grande Arche (Grande Arche de la Fraternité or Arche de la Défense). Looking through the central arch you can see down the Jardain des Tuileries to the Place de la Concorde, where the Obelisque de Luxor stands. The Axe historique then proceeds up the Avenue des Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.

From here the Axe historique down the Avenue de la Grande Armée, through the Place do la Prote Maillot, upon which stands the Palais des Congrès and down Avenue de Neuilly and Avenue Charles de Gaulle before finishing at the Grande Arche in the Défense business district of Paris.


Metro: Charles de Gaulle - Étoile (M1, M2, M6)
Train: Charles de Gaulle - Étoile (Rer A)

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