This arch - the smallest of three commissioned by Napoleon, was built in 1806 to commemorate his Austrian victories and honor his grand army. Just a little something.
But the place itself goes way back. The arch sits on the field between the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries Garden. Back in the 1600's, knights costumed in full regalia performed feats of horsemanship here, accompanied by music and song. Hence this spot's name: The Carrousel.
Now when you visit - you'll know a little history.
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