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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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  • What a fuss with all those cars. The Arc itself is beautiful. We have not only been around it and pass on.
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  • Amazing pont. Must to go upside. Please buy the ticket online because of line to long.Bucketlist place  more »
  • Whichever side you look at it turns out to be a masterpiece, not to mention the view of the city, especially at sunset. Clean, easily accessible and well organized. Don't you realize how huge until you are at the base!
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  • It's hard to admire it from the ground. If you are right next to it, you can explore small parts only as it's too big to take it all in. When you get further away, there is all this traffic in between. Some people try to take pictures from the middle of the boulevard... Not recommended! But from the top the views are glorious. And you can finally observe the full design of the city. I highly recommend reading about it ahead of time or right there as we did. Also, it's quite entertaining to watch traffic below. The complexity and dynamics of it is mesmerizing.
  • Beautiful. Is a long 280 stairs climb but worth it. Takes about 15 minutes to climb. There's also a 10 minutes long AV which takes you through the history of the Arc in detail. Tickets are under €20 and we'll worth it. Go in late evening, so that you're on top of the Arc at 10pm, that's when the Eiffel light show happens and looks absolutely stunning. Great views of Paris from the top too.
  • It's hard to admire it from the ground. If you are right next to it, you can explore small parts only as it's too big to take it all in. When you get further away, there is all this traffic in between. Some people try to take pictures from the middle of the boulevard... Not recommended! But from the top the views are glorious. And you can finally observe the full design of the city. I highly recommend reading about it ahead of time or right there as we did. Also, it's quite entertaining to watch traffic below. The complexity and dynamics of it is mesmerizing.
  • Great views of Paris and the Eiffel tower. In order to get to the arc, you need to walk through an underground tunnel, as it's surrounded on all sides by a giant roundabout. Easy to walk from the arc to the tower as well (it's perhaps a 15 minute walk). There are lots of stairs arrayed in a close spiral, so be prepared to climb them. Inside is a very small museum, gift shop, and restrooms. Tickets can be bought at the base of the tower before going through security.
  • It's worth it to research the history of the Arc before you visit. Only then can one appreciate the full experience in this major attraction. I don't know if there is supposed to be a dedicated crossing area to get to the grounds of the Arc itself (it is located in the middle of a high-traffic circle). I had to run while hoping I didn't get tackled by a speeding car in a foreign country. Don't forget the eternal flame on the base of the Arc.
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