Arc de Triomphe.
The opposite part of the Champs-Elysees ends at the Arc de Triomphe , the construction of which was started in 1806 by order of Napoleon. This way Napoleon wanted to honor the victorious French army. However, Napoleon didn’t see the finished monument (1836). In 1920, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was laid at the foot of the arch. The whole complex is 50m high and 45m wide. The outer side of the arch is decorated with huge sculptures and friezes that display start, victory and a triumphant return of the army. The inner side of the church contains names of generals and battles. The observation deck of the arc features a stunningly beautiful view of the city. By the way, pedestrians are prohibited to cross Etoile Square, in the center of which stands the Arc de Triomphe.
Besides historical sights, Paris is also famous for its football stadium, Stade de Paris . The stadium was built for the FIFA World Championship in 1998, and it became the place where France won its title of the champion. However, football is not the only sport that plays an important role in the life of the city. The famous Paris Marathon, that is held each year in April, attracts many athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over the world.
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