Naked Austrian statue shocks mayor

SALZBURG, Austria, July 25 (UPI) -- Even Prince Charles may find it hard to keep a stiff British upper lip as he passes by the giant statue during his weekend trip to Salzburg, Austria.

Feature: Mysteries of the faith

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Today in the United States we have more than enough angst to go around: The Iraq war, terrorism, the bleak clouds of 9/11 still hover heavy over us. At such tim

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Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

In 1917 1 million French people lined the streets to watch a New Orleans parade band strut its stuff. The crowd went wild, and France has been jazz crazy ever since.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

High Chaparral wins BC Turf

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Favorite High Chaparral lived up to his early billing, charging up the middle to capture the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington International

Life in Deepest France: Bastille Day

SAVIGNAC-DE-MIREMONT, France, July 16 (UPI) -- Sunday France celebrated its national day -- the 14th of July -- or, as Americans like to call it, Bastille Day. It was as usual the excuse for fireworks partie

Absence of absinthe turns to a resurgence

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- Absinthe is a drink steeped in mystique and controversy, an exotic concoction that is both legal and illegal. Its allure long ago captured the imagination and t
RHONDA ROHRABACHER, Rootless Cosmopolitan

Street Cry surprises Sakhee

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 23 (UPI) -- Sakhee again came up short on the international stage Saturday by losing to Street Cry in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race.

In Sports from United Press International

NCAA tourney continues improbable journey

Sakhee favored in Dubai World Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 22 (UPI) -- Sakhee, one of four horses from Godolphin Racing, leads a field of 11 entered for Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, at the

Of Human Interest: News-lite

PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Vegas Guy: Paris

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Women love Paris. They love the city and they love the casino that looks like the city. And you can't deny a beautiful woman a trip to Paris.
JOE BOB BRIGGS, "The Vegas Guy?

Fantastic Light wins BC Turf

ELMONT, N.Y., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Fantastic Light was detoured by his owners from the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic to the $2 million Turf but he made no detour on his way to the winner's cir
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Arc de Triomphe
United Nations armored vehicles pass the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

The Arc de Triomphe, (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile), is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe, (in English: Triumphal Arch), honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Underneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis (Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages, until World War I.

The monument stands 50 m (160 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in World War I, Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.

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