The Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a 162 foot monumental arch in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, shortly following his victory at Austerlitz, with the aim of commemorating French soldiers, particularly those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars.
The Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1836 and is an imposing and ornate structure. Its many engravings include the dates of military victories, the names of important soldiers and depictions of war.
Visitors can climb to its peak for magnificent views or enter the small museum inside it, both of which are included in the entrance fee. A further attraction at the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier , which commemorates those who fought in the two World Wars with an eternal flame.
You can reach the Arc de Triomphe by both Metro (lines 1, 2) and RER (line A) to Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station - and by bus 73.
Opening hours: April to September 10am-11pm; October to March 10am-10.30pm. Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning), 25th December. Admission fees: Adults €9; concessions (18 to 25) €5,50; free admission for children under 18.
Place Charles de Gaulle Paris 75008 France
+33 (0)1 55 37 73 77
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