In 1806, Napoleon I decided he would build a triumphal arch patterned after those of ancient Rome and dedicated to the glory of his French imperial armies.
He chose Jean François Thérèse Chalgrin, to design his great Arch in the late 18th century style now called Romantic Neo-classism, which added majesty to its immense presence. It was completed in 1833 and inaugurated in 1836 by the French king, Louis-Philippe.
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is the world's largest triumphal arch, and is the center of a star-shaped configuration of 12 busy radiating avenues. It is the climax of the length of the famous Champs Elysées.