are four very large relief sculptures at the bases of each
of the four pillars of the Arc de Triomphe. The two facing
the Champs-Elysées are more famous and are photographed
above. The left base's sculpture is called, "The Triumph
of Napoleon" and is a tribute to Bonaparte's many military
victories. The spirit of Victory crowns Napoleon with a
laurel wreath while multitudes, symbolized by several bowing
and prostrate individuals, subject themselves to his rule.
History writes the names of the battles he has won on a
stone tablet and Fame blows a trumpet.
second is called "The Departure of the Volunteers of
1792" depicts the French people rallying against an
enemy from a foreign nation. Those figures are inspired
by the Republic, personified by a . This piece aroused a
great deal of patriotism of its own among the Parisians
that it earned its nickname of "La Marseillaise",
the same name as the French national anthem, written in
day that the Battle of Verdun started in 1916, the sword
of the Republic broke off. The entire relief was immediately
hidden by large tarps to conceal the accident and avoid
any citizens becoming unsettled by the auspicious omen.