Arc de Triomphe

arc de triomphe

Just like the Eiffel Tower, I think everyone has seen this landmark. It is one of several iconic structures in Paris.

The monument was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 at the end of the battle of Austerlitz to represent all the French military victories during the Napoleonic Wars.

The structure has been witness to a great many historical events including the funeral of Napoleon on December 15, 1840, and the victory parades to celebrate the end of the world wars in 1919 and 1944.

Arc de Triomphe

At the base of the Arc, you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. It was erected in 1921 and an eternal flame was added. This represents all French soldiers who died during World War I and who were never identified.

Arc de Triomphe - eternal flame

Each of the four pillars of the Arc represents victories for the French military, They are the War of the Sixth Coalition in 1814, the Treaty of Paris in 1815, La Marseillaise and, the Treaty of Schonbrunn in 1810.

While this structure is not as high as the Eiffel Tower, the views are just as breathtaking. Climb to the top to see the meeting point of the city’s twelve avenues all ending in the same place. It’s not hard to reach the top, simply pay for a ticket and climb the 286 steps to the top. Once you have arrived at the summit and have caught your breath and your legs stop burning, check out the small museum about the Arc.

Arc de Triomphe - Road Crossing

Do not try to cross the street to get to the Arc! This is considered to be one of the most dangerous intersections in the world. Instead, take the pedestrian tunnel located at Place Charles de Gaulle on the north side of the Champs-Élysées. This will take you underneath the street and deliver you safely to the other side where the Arch is located.

Helpful Information

Best Time to Visit: Address; Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France Open from April 1 to September 30 from 10 am -11 pm. / October 1 to December 31 from 10 am - 10:30 pm. / January 2 to March 31 from 10 am - 10:30 pm. / Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 8 May (morning), 14 July, 11 November (morning), and 25 December Admission for adults is 13 euros and free for anyone under 18 years old. Metro: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile, lines 1, 2 and 6. RER: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile, line A. Bus: lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, and 92.

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