The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

By: Aaron Dubois

The Arc de Triomphe is an arch in Paris, France. It was commissioned by Napoleon in the early 1800s. It was dedicated to the victories of the French forces. At one point, the construction for it halted as Napoleon lost a battle ending his amazing streak of victories. Engraved in the arch are all the names of the generals that fought in the wars. It was finally completed in 1836.

 

This relates to engineering because it is a very large ceremonial building that required many engineers, designers, artists, and construction workers to build. Each inch of the arch was carefully thought through. It was primarily designed by Jean Chalgrin. While many consider the arch to be a piece of artwork, the weight and the shape of it created a challenge for the designers. Luckily, they had some inspiration from the Arch of Titus built by the Romans in year 82 A.D. In the end, this arch is an important symbol of France and is a incredible engineering product.