6 Famous Arches of Triumph across Europe

Updated: June 20, 2020 | Contains affiliate links

Arches of triumph or triumphal arches are scattered all over Europe. They represent and important visual cue about a country’s military history. Triumphal arches serve as a central point for military parades on national day celebrations. Arches of triumph are also great tourist attractions.Come along with me as we explore a few of Europe’s famous triumphal arches.

1. The Arch of Triumph in Paris, France

Paris, France - Arch of Triumph at night.
The most famous Arch of Triumph is in Paris, France.
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A symbol of the French military might and history, the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) is both a famous tourist attraction and a French national symbol. It is the site of the Unknown Soldier tomb and also it is the end point of the famous Tour de France cycling event. This is a definite must see tourist attraction in Paris.

2. The modern La Defense Arch in Paris, France

Paris, France - Modern Arch in Paris' business district La Defense
Paris, France – Modern Arch in Paris’ business district La Defense
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La Defense is Paris’ modern business district. On the hill you will find the modern Arch which is beautifully aligned with the old Arch of Triomphe on Champs-Elysees. If you walk under the modern Arch in La Defense right up to the steps and look far far away you can see, on a clear day, the old Arch of Triumph in the middle of Paris.

3. The Arch of Triumph in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania - Arch of Triumph
Bucharest Arch of Triumph – Smaller but still impressive.
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The setting for the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest, Romania is very similar with the setting of the original Arch of Triumph in Paris. There is a very large round about surrounding the arch itself. Busy people and lots of cars and buses zoom by every single day in Bucharest, just like they do in Paris. It is a known fact that the Bucharest Arch of Triumph was built using the Paris Arch of Triumph in Paris, France. The reality definitely shows this resemblance.

4. Marble Arch in London, England

London, England - The Marble Arch site was the place for public executions in England's history
London, England – The Marble Arch site was the place for public executions in England’s history
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Marble Arch is a place of history in the heart of London. Dismantled and rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century, Marble Arch has seen Queen Elizabeth II passing underneath in her golden coach.

5. Wellington Arch in London, England

London, England - The Marble Arch site was the place for public executions in England's history
London, England – Wellington Arch is a triumphal gate on the corner of Hyde Park and Green Park
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Finished around 1830, Wellington Arch is a little known gem when visiting London. Every tourist walks to Buckingham Palace but does not walk another 5 minutes to the Wellington Arch. Very few people know that you can climb to the top of Wellington Arch and get a great view of London. Also known as Constitution Arch or the Green Park Arch, Wellington Arch is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in central London and at the western corner of Green Park.

6. Arcade du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium - Arcade du Cinquantenaire and Park du Cinquantenaire
Brussels, Belgium – Arcade du Cinquantenaire and Park du Cinquantenaire
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Finished around 1905, Arcade du Cinquantenaire is a large arch in Parc du Cinquantenaire in central Brussels. It is topped by a bronze quadriga sculptural group with a woman charioteer, representing Brabant raising the national flag and driving a chariot.

Why should you look for arches?

Triumphal arches are very important landmarks for any country or city you are visiting. They are massive constructions that serve as a visual reminder for the people of that city and country. This reminder is usually connected with one or more very important historical events for the particular place you are visiting. Therefore, when planning your trip it is good to remember to visit any triumphal arches you are finding, because they are centrally located in very important places.

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