International Travel — Europe
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most visited
monuments in Paris and the biggest Triumphal Arch in the
world. Located at the far end
of the Champs-Élysées, it is surrounded by a giant
traffic roundabout. Whatever you do, don't try to cross the road
here use the underground pedestrian crossing.
To get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, climb the stairs almost
300 of them or take an elevator to the Observatory for
stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Sacre-Coeur.
In 1806, Napoléon, the French Emperor,
ordered the Arc's construction and it was finally completed in 1836.
Beneath the Arc de Triomphe is The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
symbolizing all the soldiers that died on the field in World War
I. Every year, on July 14th (Bastille Day), a Military Parade
starts here and runs down the length of the Champs-Elysées.
Arc de Triomphe Hours
Charles-de-Gaulle or Étoile
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