The design of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel takes cues from the Arch of Constantine in Rome. It is located on the Historical Axis of Paris, a route lined up with Louvre Museum, Champs Elysées, Tuileries Garden, and Place de la Concorde. This route in the 1st Parisian arrondissement also connects Carousel du Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Grande Arche de la Defense.
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built in the early 19th Century as commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to commemorate his triumphant victories and to pay tribute to his Grande Armée. The triumphal arch in Paris is often referred to as a smaller version of the Arc de Triomphe monument, which is also another one of the main tourist attractions in the French capital.
The main arch in the middle of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel represents the victor in a conquest, and the other two arches on its flanks has Corinthian columns. The arch’s structure is topped off with statues of horses and soldiers’ statues, which can be seen from a distance apart.
Alongside the statues on top of the triumphal arch, even one sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte was planned to be placed inside the chariot statue atop. However, since Napoleon was the emperor of the French during the construction of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, his statue was not placed on top its central arch.
The bas-reliefs stamped on the architecture of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel depict scenes from the ‘The Surrender at Ulm,’ and the ‘Battle of Austerlitz’. The bronze statues of horses on top of it represent the horses Napoleon took from Saint Mark’s Basilica and San Marco Square following one of his conquests in Venice.
It was Pierre Francois Leonard Fontaine and Charles Percier, who designed the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel’s architectural features as per the triumphal arch in Rome. The marble column on the right side of the carrousel faces the Musée du Louvre and the left side marble column face toward the Tuileries Garden.
Both offer sightseers perfect spots for landscape photography of either the Louvre or the Tuileries Garden nearby the triumphal arch in Paris. Even its Corinthian style architecture is worth photographing in an HD camera or worth admiring when on Paris sightseeing tours.