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Arches - Great Arches - Engineering and Construction of Arches

From the playful arches of McDonald's restaurants to the soaring arches of some of the world's great structures, curved architecture has helped shape our skylines. Here are resources to explore famous arches and arch construction.

Saint Louis Gateway Arch
The enormous stainless steel Gateway Arch, located on the banks of the Mississippi River, commemorates Thomas Jefferson at the same time that it symbolizes America's westward expansion. The designer is Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

Arc de Triomphe, or Arch of Triumph, Paris
Commissioned by Napoléon I to commemorate his military conquests, the Arc de Triomphe, or Arch of Triumph, is the world's largest triumphal arch.

Arch of Hadrian
Between the more ancient parts of Athens and the less ancient parts constructed by Hadrian lies the Arch of Hadrian, a triumphal arch built by the Athenians in 131 CE to honor the Roman emperor who had done so much for them.

Arch of Septimius Severus, Rome
The Arch of Septimius Severus is a three way triumphal arch in ancient Rome.

Arch of Titus in Rome
The Victory Arch of Titus commemorates Titus' victorious conquest of Judaea, leading the sacking of Jerusalem and ending the Jewish wars. The arch was constructed after Titus's death in 81 CE, after his becoming a god.

Marble Arch, London
The Marble Arch in London was built in 1827 and stood at Buckingham Palace until it was moved in 1851.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
The Hartford Arch is a distinctive landmark in Hartford, Connecticut.

Tijuana Arch
the Tijuana Arch is a prominent landmark as you cross the U.S. border into Mexico.

Triumphal Arch of Tyre, Lebanon
The Triumphal Arch of Tyre is one of the Lebanon's most impressive archaeological relics. The arch stands over a long avenue which has a necropolis on either side and sarcophagi dating as early as the 2nd century BCE.

Victory Arch of Constantine in Rome
The Arch of Constantine was dedicated in 315 by the senate and people of Rome along the triumphal route after Constantine's defeat of Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 312. It was also designed to commemorate Constantine's tenth anniversary of rule.

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