The Arc de Triomphe (French: Arc de Triomphe) is a monument located in the city of Paris, built in commemoration of the military victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, which ordered its construction in 1806. Inaugurated in 1836, the monumental work holds, the names of 128 battles and 558 generals. At its base is the tomb of the unknown soldier (1920). The arc is located in the Place Charles de Gaulle, in the meeting of the Avenue Champs-Élysées. At the extremities of the avenues are the Concordia Square and the other La Défense.
Designed by the French architect Jean Chalgrin, the monument is 50 meters high by 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep. The Arch of Titus served as inspiration for its conception. The scale of the Arc de Triomphe is so massive that, three weeks after the parade of the victory of 1919 in Paris (that marked the end of World War I) the aviator Charles Godfrey managed to pass his biplane by the center.
The Arc de Triomphe is part of the Historic Axis (Ax historique) – a series of monuments and major public thoroughfares along a route from the Louvre to the Grande Arc de la Défense. This was the arch of the highest triumph in the world until the construction of the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico in 1938 (of 67 meters).