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This victory column along the banks of the Seine in Paris resembles the more famous Trajan's Column in Rome. At the base of the column are four sphinx's that form a fountain from which water pours. The column sits on a pedestal carved with the symbols of Napoleonic France including an eagle. The column is divided into sections around which are listed in gilded letters the names of key battles in which Napoleon was victorious. The column is topped by a gilded female statue with the the head of the crowned and winged Emperor Napoleon with his crown of laurel leaves and in his hands he holds laurel wreaths.

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