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The Arc de Triomphe

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

The Arc de Triomphe - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Served by the Charles de Gaulle - Étoile Metro station in the 8th arrondissement, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is surely one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Built between 1806 and 1836, to honour Napoleon Bonaparte's Great Army and commemorate the victory at Austerlitz, this neoclassical monument has particularly impressive dimensions, with its height of 50 metres, width of 45 metres and depth of 22 metres! The many sculptures that adorn the edifice are the work of Cortot, Étex, Lemaire, Rude and Pradier.

At the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the panoramic terrace, which is reached by climbing no fewer than 248 steps, offers an untrammelled view of the twelve avenues that radiate outwards from the Place de l'Étoile, including the very famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the no less famous Avenue Foch. There are two orientation tables to help you spot the main tourist attractions in the capital. On your way back, take a little time to rediscover the Attic room, which contains sculptures as well as an exhibition on the history of the edifice.

Under the Arc de Triomphe lies the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, whose eternal flame has been revived every evening at 6.30 pm ever since 11 November 1923.

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