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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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One of the city’s most famous monuments, Arc de Triomphe honors those who died fighting in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and consists of four main sculptures. This location also marks the central spot where the avenues radiate out of Place de l'Étoile. See the names of French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Inside the monument, you can view a permanent exhibit conceived by artist Maurice Benayoun and architect Christophe Girault exploring the symbolism of this and other national monuments in regards to war and peace. Beneath its vault lies the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" from World War I. Our Paris online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Arc de Triomphe and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I've visited in the morning, midday, evening, and on NYE. Its such a great place to be in awe of the city of Paris. Definitely check it out when you're exploring!  more »
  • A life time experience, so many memories(and photos),so brilliant views ,so well organised. Worth every cent, will soon visit again ,that is for sure!  more »
  • Walking along Champs Élysées from Place du Concorde, you will reach the Arc de Triomphe. It stands at the centre of Place de Etoile. You can walk underground into Arc de Triomphe museum underneath...  more »
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  • It's a lot more impressive in person than the pictures do justice... You can go up to the top and there's a tunnel underneath that allows you into the arch. I missed this sight every other time I've been here and it's at the end of the street full of designer shops and restaurants. Definitely worth visiting due to its historical importance and grandeur.
  • It’s a great short visit. You can climb to the top and check out a small room with some of the removed and restored pieces from outside, and the terrace which has an unbeatable view of the city. Kids under 18 are free which is nice (they asked one of our older children for a passport but just waved us in when it was clear we didn’t have it with us). Fabulous and well maintained monument with a lot of history.
  • The view is awesome from up there. You need to line up to go up to the top but it is worth it. If you visit on some Saturdays around 6 pm,(I am not sure exactly which Saturday of the month or every Saturday) you will find some kind of a ceremony taking place which is nice to watch. This place is hardly 100 metres from the metro exit and easily accessible by bus or car as well.
  • As spectacular at the pictures make it seem. The engraving on the arc is intricate and what surprised me what the burning flame in the middle of the arc that is lit every morning in remembrance of unknown soldiers. That gives the arc an even better meaning than just a triumphant arc.
  • A great location especially if you like shops with top brands. I love the way cars enter the junction, complete chaos and quite entertaining to watch. There is a real art to driving around the Arc.
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