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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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  • From the Arc de Triomphe, we had the views of Paris after very short waiting time of 10 minutes and a climb over a spiral staircase. In beautiful weather, we could look in all directions via Paris. I find prima free entrance for children!
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  • It seemed huge, much bigger than we expected. Very nice, from there situated are the different streets that converge, making it still more imposing. You can climb, pre-paid, to the top. It is accessed through a passage located at the beginning of the Champs-Elysées.
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  • I can't imagine a visit to Paris without seeing the Arc de Triomphe -- Napoleons monument to himself. You stand for hours just watching the cars circulate around it.  more »
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  • Museum pass was worth it as got to skip the ticket line and was put in a shorter line for security. Impressive view with a lot of stairs to climb. A few elderly people were really having a hard time getting up. It's a big spiral staircase with a bunch of stairs leading up from the subway and then to pass under the road again and back up. The view was amazing and the architecture was amazing. The inside exhibits were good explanations of the wars and history of battle uniform but I was expecting a bit more than posters on the walls and a few screens. The view at the top was amazing and you can walk all the way around. Once you are done you can take pictures at the bottom and relax before getting to go down the underpass. It is really easy to get to by metro just follow the signs as a bunch of lines stop here.
  • What an impressive thing to behold. It's one thing to see it in movies or photos but to see it in the flesh (or stone), to walk around and under it, to climb to the top for the view, and to see the grave of the unknown soldier with the eternal flame, these were all fascinating and memorable things I did there. The views from the top really help you get a hold of the layout of central Paris especially with the Champs Elysee and the Place de la Concorde way off at the end of it. It was cool to see how the traffic manages to get around it. Chaos was indeed part of it. One of the core places to visit when you visit Paris.
  • My favorite site in Paris. Enjoyable to view the city skyline and watch the traffic below. It’s been a bucket list travel item of mine to actually drive around the arc and I completed that on this trip without mishap. Such a meaningful site with side benefits of views and entertainment.
  • This place is so magnetic. It keeps pulling one towards it. This is my third trip to Paris and the first with my family. My kids loved the iconic site and we wondered around and under it. The views of the city was breathtaking and our kids loved it. It is easy to get to via public transport or simply a walk down the Champs-Elysees.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Underpass takes you straight over to it and you can pay around 15 euros to actually go up the top of the monument. Queue times vary best to go early morning