Monday marks the 70th anniversary of the day allied forces in World War II liberated Paris from Adolf Hitler's control.
The capital had been under Nazi occupation for more than four years when American and French troops successfully drove the Germans from the city. But History.com notes that it was a German who preserved many of the major historical attractions Parisians and tourists alike still enjoy today, when General Dietrich von Choltitz defied an order Hitler had given, refusing to blow up landmarks or burn the city as the infamous Nazi leader wanted.
One day after the city was formally liberated, General Charles de Gaulle paraded with his troops down the Champs-Élysées, and relieved locals cheered with joy to finally be free of foreign control.
Check out some of the inspiring photos from that moment in history.
Paris liberated - lookback pics
Photos capture joyous moment of Paris' liberation
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: World War II 1939-1945: Crowds lining the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half-tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944. France (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
The liberation of Paris, August 1944. Jubilant crowds take to the streets to welcome their Allied liberators. (Photo by Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images)
A Photograph of the People of Paris, Thronged the Streets to Greet British, American, Canadian and French Troops who Entered the Freed City, circa August 1944. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)
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A huge crowd gathers to cheer General de Gaulle at the Place de la Concorde, August 26, 1944, after the liberation of Paris. General de Gaulle, Koenig surrounded generals Leclerc and June, Alexandre Parodi (delegate of the provisional government in the liberated territories), Georges Bideault (President of the National Council of Resistance), from the Arc de Triomphe to the Notre Dame Cathedral. (Photo credit should read AFP/GettyImages)
General Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970) arrives in Paris to celebration the Liberation of the city during World War II, 26th August 1944. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
War & Conflict, World War Two, France, August 1944, The Liberation of Paris, American Army Captain William Ruenzle points from the turret of his armoured reconnaissance car as he passes the Arc de Triomphe, His unit was one of the first to enter Paris (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
War and Conflict, World War Two, The Liberation of Paris, pic: August 1944, A German sniper is marched away by the F,F,I as local people jeer and shake their fists ahortly before Paris was to fall to the Allies (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
War & Conflict, World War Two, Paris, France, August 1944, A collabrationist, who lost his trousers before the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) saved him from angry Parisians and took him into protective custody (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The liberation of Paris, August 1944. Jubilant French civilians surround the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde while others ride on an American jeep. The German forces in Paris surrendered to the Allies on 25 August 1944. (Photo by Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1944: War 1939-1945. Liberation of Paris. Tank on the square of Notre-Dame. August 1944. (Photo by Gaston Paris/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)