National Geographic : 1921 Jul
00 Photograph byU.S.Army Air Service THE CHAMPS ELYSEES AND THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE : PARIS In the Place de 1'Etoile, from which twelve wide avenues radiate, is Napoleon's triumphal arch, which hebegan inI806 tocommemorate his victories. The Champs Elysees is the matchless boulevard joining the Place de la Concorde and the Place de1'Etoile. Four sculptural groups decorate the pillars of the arch, and under the cornice are panels bearing the names of the principal Napoleonic victories. The Avenue delaGrande Armee, a continuation of the Champs Elysees beyond the arch, leads to the Bois de Boulogne andNeuilly, where stands thegreat hospital in which were located the wards maintained by members of the National Geographic Society during theWorld War.