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Arc de Triomphe

SIGHTS / LANDMARKS & MONUMENTS

The 2nd largest triumphal arch in existence today, offer exceptional views of Champs-Elysees  and surrounding avenues. It honor soldiers who have fought and died for France. Located on the right bank of the river, in the middle of 8e Arrandissement are the Champs-Elysees and L’Arc de Triomphe.

L'Arc de Triomphe  honour soldiers who have fought and died for France. Napoleon I ordered the construction of the Arc de Triomphe to honor the Grande Armée which won the battle of Austerlitz in 1806. It was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806  and was completed in 1836. Although it was ordered by Napoleon I, the construction of this monument was completed in 1836, 15 years after his death. Napoleon's body was taken through the arch on December 15, 1840, when it was taken to Les Invalides in Paris, its final resting place.

The cost of building this monument was 9.3 million francs, a large sum of money at that time.

The 2nd largest triumphal arch in existence today, Arc de Triomphe is 51 meters tall, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep. The Arc de Triomphe is so stupendous that aviator Charles Godefroy was able to fly his Nieuport biplane through it at the 1919 Paris Victory Parade to mark the end of the First World War.

It stands in the centre of a massive  roundabout, known as "Place de l'Etoile (the 'star'). The name comes from it’s twelve roads running out from the centre, making it look like a 12-pointed star. This is the world's first organized roundabout.

Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War.  In 1920, an 'eternal flame' was lit here in memory of all French soldiers lost in war.  This was the first 'eternal flame' to exist in Europe since the 4th Century. 

Annually on July 14, the French National Day, a military parade starts at the Arc de Triomphe and makes its way down the Champs Élysées. 

Photo opportunity

The rooftop platform of the Arch de Triomphe, offers some of the best views in Paris. Go for sunset, when you can see all of the lights from the Grande Arche in La Defense to the Obelique at the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Pyramide.

Location

Paris , France


Address

place Charles de Gaulle, 8e


Getting there

Metro: Charles de Gaulle–Étoile


More information

www.monuments-nationaux.fr


Prices

adult/child €12/free


Opening hours

10am-11pm Apr-Sep, to 10.30pm Oct-Mar


There is an elevator to get to the rooftop, but only for travelers with disabilities and parents with infants.   Otherwise, you need to take the stairs.

Safety
To reach the Arch, you need to take the underground passage, which looks like a Metro entrance on the Avenue du Champs-Elysées  Do not attempt to run across the intersection.