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    Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile

    arc de triomphe

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       The Arc de Triomphe, along with the Eiffel Tower is a visual icon of Paris and France itself.  It was commissioned by Napoleon after Austerlitz in 1806 but not completed until the mid 1830s.  It has been the scene of a wide range of notable events in French history, from the return of Napolean from St. Helena, through the occupation of France by Hitler, and finally in the victory parade of the allies in WWII.  It was designed by the architect Jean Chalgrin and later taken over by Jean-Nicholas Huyot.    

       Our Block version was designed by me in 2008 and this example built for our new web site in 2017.  It calls for a lot of small roof planks and a couple of large cut-out arches.  It stands about 14" tall and about 13" wide.  This is the sort of project for a . . . mmm, maybe an interested 13 year old or a 10 year old with a parent that enjoys building.  It is quintessential Roman architecture.