arc de triomphe
place charles de gaulle, place de l'etoile
METRO: etoile, LINEs 1, 2, 6
Built between 1806 and 1836 to honor of those men who died during the Napoleonic Wars, on Armistice Day 1920 the ground beneath the Arc became the final resting place for France's Unknown Soldier from World War 1.
In addition to providing a spectacular view from the terrace located at the top of the arc, it also has four of the most dramatic and patriotic sculptures in Paris, works by James Pradier, Antoine Étex and especially François Rude's La Marseillaise.