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Arc de Triomphe

Magnificent views and impressive architecture await at this world-famous arch in the heart of the city.

Paris’ triumphal arch has welcomed visitors for centuries. Standing at the meeting point of 12 major Parisian roads, including the iconic Champs-Élysées, this imposing monument is so much more than just the centrepiece of a roundabout!

As you approach the Arc de Triomphe, take a moment to stop and admire the view of this majestic structure. The four pillars provide windows down some of the biggest roads in Paris – time your visit for sunset for some truly remarkable photo opportunities. As you get closer to the arch itself, there is plenty of pedestrian-only space, so you can feel free to admire the architecture and decorative artwork safely.

The view from 50 metres above Paris is well worth the admission fee and the 284 steps (a lift is also available). The top of the Arc de Triomphe is home to a museum where you can learn about the history of the monument and a gift shop. Don’t forget your camera to capture the awe-inspiring panoramas from the top – these are especially magical in the early evenings and in the winter, when the trees in the surrounding streets sparkle.

At the base of the arch you’ll discover its true purpose as a memorial for all those who have fought for France. Commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806, after his army’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, the inner sides and top are engraved with the details of the battles and victims of the Napoleonic wars, fought between 1803 and 1815. After World War I, the body of an unknown soldier was buried here and an eternal flame was later added to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in conflict. This purpose is remembered every day at 6:30 pm, when the flame is rekindled.

The Arc de Triomphe’s pillars are all decorated with relief sculptures, depicting scenes from French life, such as Francois Rude’s The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 as well as allegorical figures, such as Triumph, Peace and Victory.

The Arc de Triomphe is located in Place Charles de Gaulle in the 16th arrondissement on Paris’ Right Bank. The arch is open daily, but if you time your visit around Bastille Day, on 14th July, you’ll have an excellent view of the national parade. This monument is easily accessible via bus, Metro, railway or on foot – it can be difficult to find parking nearby. Underpasses from nearby roads link to the arch, so pedestrians don’t have to battle with the traffic to reach it.

You could comfortably spend an entire afternoon at Arc de Triomphe. Below are a nice selection of the things you can do here:

If you're seeking even more options, take a look at our Paris things to do page.


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