Famous Commemorative and Triumphal Arches in the World

Famous Commemorative and Triumphal Arches in the World

The world’s most popular commemorative arches.

Throughout history, monumental arches have been built in the different parts of the world. These commemorative or triumphal arches which are large monuments were built to honor important men or events.

Here are some of the most famous commemorative or triumphal arches in the world from the Renaissance up to the 20th century.

Arc de Triomphe: Paris, France

First on the list is the famous Arc de Triomphe, an iconic Triumphal arch located in Paris, France. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’Etoile (Star Square). The arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldiers from World War I.

The monument stands 49.5 meters (165 ft) in height, 45 meters (148 ft) wide and 22 meters (72 ft) deep. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence (replaced in 1984 by a Korean arch of triumph).

Triumphal Arch of Carousel: Paris, France

Another well-known triumphal arch in Paris, France is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. It is located on the Place du Carrousel, just to the west of the Louvre. The composition commemorates the Restoration of the Bourbons following Napoleon’s downfall.

Bradenburg Gate: Berlin Germany

The magnificent Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II as a sign of peace and was built from 1788 to 1791. Today, it is considered one of Europe’s most famous landmarks.

Siegestor or Victory Gate: Munich, Germany

Another famous arch of Germany is the Siegestor or Victory Gate in Munich. It is a three-arched triumphal arch crowned with a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga, similar in style to the Arch of Constantine in Rome, the Marble Arch in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Bradenburg Tor in Berlin. It is located between the university and the Ohmstrabe, on the intersection of the Leopolstrabe and the Ludwigstrabe.

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Unofre Pili, posted this comment on Jul 19th, 2008

So grand.Thank you.

Ruby Hawk, posted this comment on Jul 19th, 2008

Interesting information and the pictures are beautiful.Tfor sharing.

salvatore, posted this comment on Jul 21st, 2008

great article.

Anne Lyken-Garner, posted this comment on Jul 27th, 2008

A fine collection

nobert soloria bermosa, posted this comment on Jul 31st, 2008

thank you all,

traveller, posted this comment on Aug 24th, 2008

Awesome article, well done!

Tom Palmer, posted this comment on Feb 16th, 2009

Great page. Thank you. Was going through old snapshots from the 1980s and had a picture of Paris’s Carousel Arch. Your site helped me identify it!

fred, posted this comment on Mar 10th, 2009

great pics

Laurentiu, posted this comment on Dec 27th, 2010

Italy has several arches since they have invented them, (5) Romania has a copy of the French one as well. Are they any missed

1337 boss, posted this comment on Jan 10th, 2011

tnx 4 all da help, dewd.

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