Will you be up to the challenge ?
- Of course, 12 avenues and a roundabout is close enough to be the star we're looking for ("étoile" in french). But have you look thoroughly ? The ground may reveal some other clue(s).
It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes. The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historical axis ("Axe historique") – a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense.
Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns and for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade.
Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Interred here on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the fourth century. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified (now in both world wars).
Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Arc de Triomphe"
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