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Arch of Triumph
The Arc de Triomphe is an intermediate wooden building puzzle with 115 pieces. It's designed for ages 7 and up. Assembled, the Arc de Triomphe puzzle measures 7" x 3.25" x 6.5" (17.78 x 8.25 x 16.51 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck -- but remember that it's a puzzle, not a model. It's supposed to be a little challenging. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver an educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your puzzle for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted.
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The Emperor Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe after his victory of Austerlitz in 1806, when he was at the top of his game. It took two years just to lay the foundations. One thing led to another and the arch wasn't finished until 1836. Napoleon's remains were carred under the arch in 1840 on their journey from St Helena to his tomb at the Invalides. The Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops on the annual Bastille Day parade and after victorious military actions. The Germans made a point of marching under the arch in 1871 and 1940, and Allied forces passed through in 1944 and 45.
Located where 12 roads converge at the Place de Charles de Gaulle at one end of the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe honors veterans of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus, the Arc was the largest triumphal arch in the world until 1982. At 164' (50 m) high, 148' (45 m) wide, and 72' (22 m) deep, the real deal is a lot bigger than our 3D model, but our version won't take you 30 years to finish.