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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. Plan to see Arc de Triomphe and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris tourist route planner.
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  • Must see, it's so beautiful even though it's surrounded by the craziest roundabout ever!! You must use the underpass to get to it, crossing that roundabout is a definite no-no. We done this just as du...  more »
  • I regret not paying the fee to go up the Arc De Triomphe when I was in Paris, but I did walk underground to read the posters and of course admire it from across the street. It is quite stunning in per...  more »
  • I'd visited here previously with my dad about ten years ago. Wanted to show my wife and good friend the view from the top. Very impressive view of the Eiffel Tower, down the Champs Elysees, Invalides,...  more »
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  • It is indescribable how huge Arc de Triomphe truly is. It was much taller than I expected and was surrounded by a thick road with at least 5 lanes for cars. To get to the little island it's placed on you have to use an underpass and the feeling once you get to walk abound it is slightly underwhelming, but it's still such a wonderful and powerful sight that I can honestly say it was in my top three things I saw in Paris. It is also located right next to a metro stop and a number of shops making it a convenient location to visit.
  • Impressive arc, resembles everything France stands for 'viva la france'. I was surprised the Arc was in the middle of a roundabout with excess from the underground subway network. Definitely worth the entrance fee to get to the top of the arc. The views are amazing, inside the arc is a museum about it's history. The Arc also looks impressive lit up at night.
  • Was really looking forward to seeing it. Was pleasantly surprised to see it in real life. A mist see. The views are amazing. The only niggle was getting into the center. But a must see for anyone visiting Paris.
  • Great views of the city from the top and not as crowded as other places. We went in October on a Sunday morning in the day. I would say that taking it in from the outside is good enough if you are strapped for timw. Looks beautiful during sunset.
  • Waiting in typical lines. Not as long as the Eiffel tower though. Amazing energy from Champs Ellysee. Expect a lot of steps. Beautiful and so impressive. You can't walk across the roundabout to get inside; you have to go down into a tunnel underneath the street.