Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Well, everyone has seen this one before, right?
Who hasn't? :-)
ARC DE TRIOMPHE: Situated at the hub of Haussmann's web of 12 avenues & is the ultimate symbol of Napoleon's military pretensions and might.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821): His 14-year reign (1800-1814) changed the Parisian skyline and his military campaigns made Paris capital of the greatest European empire since Charlemagne.
The Arc de Triomphe is reached via a tunnel from the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Here, you see lots of sculpted decorations & statues which glorify Napoleon's victories.
This is my friend Jenny & me in front of the statues glorifying Napoleon's Triumph after the Peace of 1810.
You'd have thought it was our glory, won't you? :-)))
There is always something to do in Paris: the museums, the sites, or just plain walking around!
Probably my most favorite thing about Paris is just the energy that the city gives off. You can feel it all around you, night and day! Not many cities in the world can claim to grab you when you get there and pull you in so quickly and not let you go!!
Fondest memory: I wouldn't call it my fondest memory, but if you go see the arch, forget finding that tunnel that will get you out there safely! Just run across the street!! It just seems to make it a little more adventurous that way, and another memory that you can pack away in your vacation file!!
I like to see the major tourist attractions.
Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon, shortly after his victory at Austerlitz, it was not finished until 1836.
There are four huge relief sculptures at the bases of the four pillars.
Fondest memory: Every moment in Paris is memorable....too many to chose.
Climb up the stairs of Arc de Triomphe and look down Champs Elysees.
I went up around 8pm and was planning to stay there to take some night shots. But the sun did not set until after 10pm in May, and the city did not light up until after that (this was in May)! So plan your time carefully.
You can get a good view of most part of the city up there. Compare that to the views from the Eiffel Tower, Samaritan, and Sacre Couer in my other photos. A unique view from Arc de Triomphe is the traffic circle down below. It certainly is a big traffic circle!
Favorite thing: Such a lovely experience when you go to the platform at the top of the Arc de Triomphe for some grand views of Paris. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is the largest triumphal arch in the world. it's on high ground at the center of the star (etoile) formed by 12 avenues radiating out from a ring road around the Arc.
At the top of the Champs-Elysées is a circle 140m (450 feet) in diameter from which 12 imposing avenues radiate to from a star (étoile). From 1753 to 1970 it was called Place de l'Etoile, then was renamed Place Charles de Gaulle.
In the center of the circle is the Arch of Triumph, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. After Napoleons fall it stood unfinished until Louis-Philippe saw to its completion in 1832-36.
At 50 metres (164 ft), it is twice as high as the Arch of Constantine, which inspired it, and, at 45 metres (148 ft), a little more than twice as wide. Jean Chalgrin was the architect and François Rude sculpted the frieze and the spirited group. La Marseilleise (real title, The departure of 1792).
On Armistice Day in 1920, the Unknown Soldier was buried under the centre of the arch, and each evening the flame of remembrance is rekindled by a different patriotic group.
Tourists are allowed to go to the top for a great view of Paris.
visit tourist spots, have a general idea about this country... when you are at La Tour Eiffel, try to look at the mid-level of the tower and find the name of people who had contributed their efforts on this tower...
Fondest memory: arc de triomphe (triumph arch) on Sunday and Monday - whenever i am there, always flooded with people...
and the long street - avenue de champs-elysees, you can even spend half day there... :)
Favorite thing: Arc de Triomphe. Don’t try to cross the street, use one of the underground walkway. You can also climb to the top but the view is not great. A bus ride around the Arc de Triomphe (the Arc is basically in the middle of the street so cars drive in a circle around it until they can get to the street they want)! We did this one night while that old song “Danger Zone” played – it was a trip!
see the Triumph Arc !!! It's the most beautiful monument in the world I think !!!
Then if you like Architecture, you have to stop by the Cathedrale of Notre-Dame !!!
Fondest memory: Riverwalk of the Seine, Promenade in Montmartre. Top of the Eiffel Tower, Triumph Arc, Grande Arche, Montparnasse Tower, The Champs Elysées and Pigalle by night...
Favorite thing: Arch de Triumph is a few kilometers northwest of the Obelisk on the grand boulevard of Avenue Des Champs Elysees. The world's largest triumphal arch and an international symbol of France, this 50-meter-high giant was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon in honor of his Grande Armée. The monument was completed in 1836, 21 years after the army's defeat. Twelve avenues radiate from the arch which explains why it is also called place de l'Etoile (etoile = 'star'). The tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies beneath.
Thanks to Julius Caesar's Roman army again for conquering Paris in year 55bc. Paris at that time was just a small fishing village on the Ile de la Cite, inhabited by Parisii tribes. The Roman settled down near the left bank of the river Seine. The Franks later named it Paris. In the middle ages, this city became a religious centre and a place or learning. After the renaissance, Paris changed from religious to a centre of culture, ideas and powerful city under Louis XIV. 1789 the revolution begian. Mr. Napoleon rule and claimed hinself Emperor of France. After 1848, the city change again into Baron Hausmann's grand urban scheme then in year 1920-40s this city became the happiest playground of artist, writers, musicians and film-makers. Photo above is the Arc de Triumph. Because of Mr.Napoleon's greatest fighting vistory of Austerlitz in 1805, he told Parisians something like this 'You shall go home underneath triumphal arches'. This big stone was surrounded by 12 avenues in a ridiation form, anyway a good visit.
Fondest memory: About Arc de Triumph. They say this is some kind of victorius door arch also how great it was as something like world wonder, but to me it looks like a big bulky rock in Paris, right in the middle of streets, causing traffic jams, strange? lol. The area around the Champs-Élysées was originally marshland and fields, nearly four hundred years ago. The architect Le Nôtre built the predecessor of the current avenue about a hundred years later, and it became Elysian Fields,Champs Élysées in French. Hundreds of tourists came here to see this traffic jam daily with full body sweat squeezing among crowds just for the purpose.
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Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile / RER: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile / Bus: 73
Once you are in L'Etoile Square, don't try to reach the arc crossing the street: the Arch is most easily (and safely) reached by tunnel from the north side of the Champs Elysées.
The arch itself is wonderfully decorated, but what I enjoyed most was the views from the roof. Looking eastwards, down the Champs Elysées, toward the Louvre, there is the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. In the opposite direction - westwards - in the distance is its larger and newer cousin, La Grande Arche de la Défense.
go to L'Arc De Triomphe.
It is conserated to victory of Napoleon's military. It was finnished in 1836. It's located in the upper end of Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
Fondest memory: is La Tour Eiffel.
With its 307 meters it's one of Parises most famous things. You can drive up with lift adn then have awsome view to Paris with environts. Highly recommented to visit.
I love , love , love the Arc de Triomphe . completed in 1836 this piece was intended to be Napolean's tribute to his army ( what a nice guy huh ? ) . underneath lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War 1 ( kind of spooky ) . why not take a climb up the spiral staircase ( faster than any elevator anyway ) and observe views from the 164 foot roof .
Fondest memory: I don't exactly know what it is about THE ARC that draws me to it but I guess once you personally experience it , maybe you will understand what I mean .