City Monument – India Gate, Place Charles de Gaulle

City Monument - India Gate, Place Charles de Gaulle

Delhi in Paris.

[Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]

The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia warns that Delhi’s India Gate should not be confused with the Gateway of India in Bombay.

But during a trip to Paris, The Delhi Walla confused a prominent French landmark with the India Gate.

According to the Wikipedia:

The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The monument is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which in turn is inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. It was built in 1931. Originally known as the All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red and pale sandstone and granite.

Originally, a statue of George V, Emperor of India stood under the now vacant canopy in front of the India Gate, but it was removed to Coronation Park together with a number of other British Raj-era statues. Following India’s independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti (“the flame of the immortal soldier”).

India Gate looks best in the twilight hour.

India Gate in Paris

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Post Author: The Delhi Walla

5 thoughts on “City Monument – India Gate, Place Charles de Gaulle

  • Ekta

    (October 12, 2012 - 7:07 PM)

    🙂

  • Zee Ke

    (October 13, 2012 - 2:39 AM)

    waaaaaaaah,:)

  • Chris

    (October 13, 2012 - 10:48 AM)

    I have a similar reaction every time I walk through Washington Square, NYC…
    Regards,
    Chris Ilsley, Cambridge, UK

    Washington Square Arch
    In 1889, to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as president of the United States, a large plaster and wood Memorial Arch was erected over Fifth Avenue just north of the park. The temporary plaster and wood arch was so popular that in 1892 a permanent Tuckahoe marble arch, designed by the New York architect Stanford White, was erected, standing 77 feet (23 m). During the excavations for the eastern leg of the arch, human remains, a coffin and a gravestone dated 1803 were uncovered 10 feet (3 m) below ground level. The inscription on the arch reads:

    Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. — Washington

    White modeled the arch after the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In 1918 two statues of George Washington were added to the north side

  • Matka

    (October 14, 2012 - 7:56 PM)

    Totally confusing, man!

  • K p singh

    (October 21, 2012 - 3:22 PM)

    Your walk in front of the monument is very pleasing.

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