One of the world’s most famous landmarks, Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, has been the city’s most-visited structure since it was erected in 1836. In fact, during the latter half of the 2010s, more than 1.5 million people have paid the 164-foot-tall arch a visit annually. It was commissioned in 1806 to honor the Frenchmen who fought—and consequently died—for their country during both the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and it was erected in the middle of 12 avenues that all point to the Arc, forming a star. Though Paris is home to the only Arc de Triomphe, there are a handful of cities around the world with their own similar arches that make for a bold architectural statement.
From Brooklyn to Barcelona, these six towering, centuries-old arches are worth visiting.