Arc de Triomphe

In-Game Picture of the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a unique building in Empire: Total War. It may only be constructed by France.


This is a magnificant and imposing monument to French military prowess and success.

All armies and nations need to mark their victories and honour their dead. The Arc de Trimophe was the largest structure of its type ever designed, and as intended to be a grandiloquent gesture of French military superiority. This, given that Napoleon Bonaparte had direction of the French Army, was entirely reasonable.

Created to mark Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz in 1805, the structure was commissioned a year later, but not completed until the 1830s. Napoleon ordered a wooden mock-up to be put in place by 1810, and work was completely halted after the Bourbon restoration. Napoleon's corpse eventually passed though the arch on its way to its final resting place at Les Invalides. This was not the remarkable thing to pass through the arch, at the victory parade to mark the end of the First World War, a pilot flew his Nieuport biplane under the arch as part of the event! The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a later addition, commemorating the honoured dead and missing of the French army in the Great War.


  • Level 6
  • 8 Turns to Build
  • 10000 Coin


  • +1 Happiness (Nobility)
  • +1 Happiness (Lower Classes)
  • Recruitment Capacity: 4
  • Recruits all French military units
  • Requires Army Staff College
  • Built by the French as their highest Military Building in Paris, France

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