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Arc de Triomphe - Paris

Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most visited monuments in Paris. And it’s the biggest Triumphal Arch in the world. In 1806, Napoléon, the French Emperor, ordered the Arc’s construction and it was finally completed in 1836. Beneath the Arc de Triomphe is The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, symbolizing all the soldiers that died on the field in World War I. Every year, on July 14th (Bastille Day), a Military Parade starts here and runs down the length of the Champs-Elysées. 

Located at the far end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe is surrounded by a giant traffic roundabout. Whatever you do, don’t try to cross the road here. Use the underground pedestrian crossing. Enjoy walking around the base and under the arches of the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe Observatory

To get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, climb the stairs (almost 300 of them). Or take an elevator to the Observatory viewing platform to see stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Sacre-Coeur.

The Arc de Triomphe is open daily.

Closest Metro

Charles-de-Gaulle or Etoile

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