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Arc de Triomphe

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  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (French pronunciation: [aʁk də tʁijɔ̃f də letwal] ( listen), Triumphal Arch of the Star) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l'Étoile — the étoile or "star" of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues. The Arc de Triomphe should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. As the central cohesive element of the Axe historique (historic axis, a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route running from the courtyard of the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense), the Arc de Triomphe was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pits heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments with triumphant patriotic messages. Inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus, the Arc de Triomphe has an overall height of 50 metres (164 ft), width of 45 m (148 ft), and depth of 22 m (72 ft), while its large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The smaller transverse vaults are 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. Three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919 (marking the end of hostilities in World War I), Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane under the arch's primary vault, with the event captured on newsreel. Paris's Arc de Triomphe was the tallest triumphal arch until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938, which is 67 metres (220 ft) high. The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, completed in 1982, is modelled on the Arc de Triomphe and is slightly taller at 60 m (197 ft).
  • Dobrin Gueorguiev

    8 days ago

    Amazing. It's a sight to behold both from a far (you can see it from really far) as it's massive. When you get up close, you are just in awe at how large it is. Going inside is well worth it. I managed to get in on a free day (not sure why/what the occasion was) but the price would still be worth it. Inside you have to climb/descend very large spiral staircases. If you have trouble with those, you may want to take your time. The view from above is spectacular. It really is a Triumphant Arc ;)

  • Karina Acuña

    7 days ago

    Beautiful historic place, touristic. Plenty of space though full of people during day and night. In daytime you can go up and enjoy the views. It's located at the center of a roundabout so you can appreciate the structure all around.

  • KingTut559

    2 days ago

    Enjoyed this place imencelly. From here, you can see the Eiffel tower in the skyline, makes the experience very Paris, even more so than being on the Eiffel tower itself. It wasn't super busy when I went on a weekend, but line to get in was still long, but this slowed the flow of people to the top, so it was less crowded and it didn't feel rushed. There are nice places to take pictures at the top. The gift shop in there isn't super in your face so it feels a little less commercial. Lots to see and do, but won't take up your whole day. The area around it is very lively, with many cool shops to explore. There is no food to buy inside it, but many restaurants around it.

  • Dick Wolfe

    6 days ago

    What a terrific place to see Paris. Best time is dusk when the Paris is turning on its lights. I've been there 3 times and never tire of the view. For seniors and people having problems doing stairs, there is an special elevator for your use only.

  • Russell Horton

    22 days ago

    A monument built to commemorate Napoleon's victories, which has a observation deck on top. This arch is huge and has a car roundabout around it. There is also an underground tunnel which will take you inside the Arc. You can see the Eiffel tower as well as very scenic view of Paris. I recommend making a point to visit this monument.