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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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  • The movies just don't do this one justice!!! The Arc was much more detailed and beautiful than expected!! Definitely worth seeing, especially from the sides and inside.  more »
  • A must see place in Paris! The best thing is that you can go on the top and have a great view of the whole city. But going on the top it is not free it cost 12 euros which is a bit pricey and the lift...  more »
  • I have had fond memories of this arch from childhood when we came and was not disappointed when I finally revisited. The spiral staircases up and down are fairly narrow but the view of the Champs Elys...  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.