The Arc de Triomphe
is certainly the most well-known monument in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. Its fame is linked to that of the Champs-Élysées
, of which it is the architectural symbol. It is also the symbol of French patriotism and constitutes the departure point of national ceremonies and festivities.
Located at the centre of the place de l’Etoile
, you can enjoy an extraordinary view over the neighborhood and its surroundings from its terrace. It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the capital.
The monument of the French armies
It was the day after the Battle of Austerlitz that Napoleon decided to build a monument to commemorate the imperial victories. Its construction began in 1808 but was interrupted with the fall of the Empire. It was picked up again in 1825 and the building was inaugurated in 1836 by Louis Philippe.
Inspired by ancient constructions, the Arc is 164 feet high and 148 feet long. The four pillars of the Arc are covered with sculptures such as “La Marseillaise”, or “le Départ des Volontaires” (The Departure of the Volunteers) by François Rude. It represents a winged woman, named Liberty, leading soldiers into combat. “Le Triomphe de Napoléon” (The Triumph of Napoleon) by Jean-Pierre Cortot shows, on the other hand, the victorious Emperor.
The names of great battles of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French revolutionaries are inscribed on the exterior sides. Inside, the names of nearly 600 heroes of the Empire are engraved.
The famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, buried in 1921, can be found at the foot of the Arc, accompanied by the Eternal Flame. The latter commemorates the soldiers fallen in battle. Every evening, it is rekindled at 6:30 pm by veteran associations.
Since 2008, a permanent interactive scenography animates and tells the history of the monument.
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
10:00 am to 11:00 pm from 04.01 to 09.30
10:00 am to 10:30 pm from 10.01 to 03.30.
Last admission 45 min before closing. Closed on 01.01, 05.01, 05.08, 07.14 morning, 11.11 morning and on 12.25.
Full fee: 9.50 €
Reduced fee: 6 €
Adult group: 7.50 €
Free for children under 18 (accompanied by an adult) and EU nationals under 26.