Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Standing atop the Arc de Triomphe gives such a unique perspective to the beautiful city that it really must be experienced first-hand. From the endless stream of cards circling below to the views that... read more »
It is quite a spectacular piece of art! Lots to look at, walk around and there are tours available for those interested. A must see!
On a recent trip to Paris our friends recommended that we go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The elevator was out of order that day so we climbed the 275 steps to the top and I must say it was well... read more »
Well. the Arc! It is a wonderful piece of history, and the fact that you can climb up it (IT IS VERY LONG AND HIGH! Please, this is not for the unfit or faint at heart) makes it that more interesting. I took some lovely shots of the whole of Paris from here, the cost was 10Euro and it was worth it. You can see straight down the Champs de Elysees, and at night, the whole town puts their lights on. A must do
We went to the Arc de Triomphe. After paying and security, we climbed 284 steps. The photo from the top of the stairs down was amazing! On the roof you get a great view of the city and can view some great sights. At the lower floor there is a gallery and history of the Arc and the uniforms.
Sure, it's busy and touristy. But it's well worth the climb to the top. Make sure you use the underground passages on either side to access the base of the Arc. You don't want to try to cross the massive roundabout that surrounds the Arc. The 360 degree views are amazing. Take your time and get all the pictures you need. The Charles de Gaulle – Étoile Metro station is immediately adjacent to the Arc, for easy transportation.
The view from the top is amazing! Be prepared for some spiral staircases. (Not as bad as Sacre Cœur though.) Definitely worth it. Get there about 45 minutes before sunset (heck, bring a picnic if you can!) Lines were ridiculous after sundown and they won't let you queue after 10 pm.
I absolutely love panoramic views of cities, this does a magnificent job of that. It is definitely a climb to the top, but it is well worth it. The price is decent too! My husband and I have spent hours both on top and around the base just looking at the scenery around the Arc and people watching.
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