Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a historic landmark of monumental proportions

View of the Arc de Triomphe from across the traffic circle
View of the Arc de Triomphe from across the traffic circle cc licensed photo by asw909

Seeing the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) in person is a must if you are visiting Paris for the first time. This huge and impressive historical monument is an example of French patriotism at it's highest. The Arch stands 164 feet high and 148 feet wide. The large opening is 96 feet high and 48 feet across. You can reach the top of Arch by a combination of a lift and steps. There you will find a museum about the Arc de Triomphe and at the very top a viewing area where you can enjoy panoramic views of Paris.

The Arc De Triomphe is located at the west end of the Champs-Élysées in the centre of a large and chaotic traffic circle from which 12 streets radiate. The monument, designed by Jean Chalgrin, was commissioned in 1806 as a tribute to the Grand Army in celebration of Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz during the height of his success. Construction took place over a period of 30 years and eventually, in 1940, the remains of Napoleon passed beneath the Arc enroute to their resting place at Les Invalides.

Four significant sculptures on the Arc De Triomphe are Le Départ de 1792', Le Triomphe de 1810, La Résistance de 1814, and La Paix de 1815. There are also six reliefs sculptured in the Arch that epitomize significant events surrounding the French Revolution and the time of Napoleon. These sculptures are incredibly detailed and must be seen to be appreciated.

On Armistice Day in 1920 an unknown soldier was interned beneath the Arc de Triomphe in what is now known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A flame on top of the tomb burns continually in memory of the many fallen soldiers from World War I and II who where never identified.

Nearby attractions: Jacquemart-Andre Museum - (Private Art Collection) and Parc de Monceau

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Outside is free. Admission charges apply for the museum and viewing platform except entry is free with the Paris Pass

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 01 55 37 73 77

Official Website: Arc de Triomphe

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Metro 1, 2 or 6 or RER ACharles de Gaulle—Étoile station2 minutes

How to get to Arc de Triomphe by Metro / RER

By Metro or RER: Take the Wagram exit from Charles de Gaulle—Étoile station and look for the stairs to the underpass which are located on the north side of Avenue de la Grande Armee right next to the traffic circle. Do not try to walk across the traffic circle - it is far too dangerous.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Buy the museum pass and you can skip the line and go straight up to the top. Prepare to climb a lot of stairs. Totally worth the view, especially at sunset. Skip paying to go to the Eiffel Tower because you can gaze at it from here. Just beautiful.

Dawn Wagner - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Amazing piece of history from Napoleon the great. The place symbolizes victory and triumph! Tip: try going up to the top. There are great view of Paris from each of the 12 streets. The line are also much shorter than the Eiffel Tower.

Jb Seruwagi - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Are they actually asking me to review one of the top places to stay your long walks in Paris... It looks majestic and the best place to watch while you have dinner before long walk along the river.

Kashif Khan - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Iconic monument at the end of Champs Elysees street. To get a proper feel of this place one must take a walk along Champs Elysees and breathe in a bit of Paris and then enjoy this symbol of victory after coming there. I guess there is provision for going to the top of this monument but we did not try it so I cannot say anything about it. Highly recommended.

saikat mukherjee - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating In simple words must see during day time and at night. Plan to go inside and get to the roof to enjoy the amazing view of Paris. One thing to keep in mind, you will need to be ready for the stairs, believe me I have done it twice and you will never be ready.....

Wesam Alissa - 20 days ago

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