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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

4.6
#2 of 4,851 in Historic Sites in France
Must see · Architectural Building · Monument
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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  • One thing about Covid is that all the tourist traps are empty. This monument is no different and that made it all the more enjoyable. Quick security check then up the 284 steps which is not as taxing....  more »
  • Iconic architecture of Paris. Sitting in the centre of the worlds most terrifying roundabout is this gorgeous arch. We did not pay to go up the Arch but we did take photos from the ground level.  more »
  • Gigantesque, well carved and breath taking, this monument will blow you away! It has the flame of the unknown soldier underneath and for a small tarif you can go all the way up to see why it’s called....  more »
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  • Wonderful place to visit in Paris!!! This historic site was very easy to visit. Understand you have to climb a lot of stairs to reach upper floors (where the gift shop is located) and the terrace. But, good Lord, what a spectacular place to view Paris on a clear afternoon!! Epic views of the Eiffel Tower. Staff was helpful and very friendly. Very easy and quick to buy a ticket and visit in mid-February. Restrooms are available on the top floors but you can only urinate in the men’s room; no sit down or squat toilets so make sure you are good for at least a couple hours. Stairs for up and down so you don’t have to fight other people to enter and exit. Very safe, a must see!!!
  • Beautiful, majestic, and a must visit landmark in Paris! The carvings are very intricate, and there are 4 big ones on the faces of the legs of the arch. I highly recommend going up, though the climb is up and down a narrow spiralling staircase (though an elevator is available). From the top, you can see the Eiffel Tower and the surrounding neighborhoods very clearly. If you enjoy photography, the streets that branch out in all directions from the arch makes for incredible shots. Budget 30-60 minutes for your visit, more if you spend more time taking photos.
  • Great place, well worth a visit. Can pay to go into it too. It's about £12 each, but you will have to climb the stairs.. all 180 plus of them and that's to the room with some history and original bits of stone. It's up another few flights to get onto the top. Will worth it though, great views and can watch the traffic below on that manic roundabout.
  • What a view! We had young kids with us and it was very late in the day so I didn't get much chance to read any info but there was lots of info on the walls inside (near the top). The view outside was fab, we saw sunset whilst up there too which was so cool. Will definitely go again and try to take in some more of the history around the monument
  • It is so huge. Never would have thought it to be so huge. Had just looked at photos and to witness it in real was a freaking amazing experience. The view from the top is mesmerizing. It certainly divides the huge area around it and feels as if its at the centre. You can also see the Eiffel tower from it. Lots of shops, eateries around it to enjoy the view and then go and relax nearby

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