Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France +33 1 55 37 73 77

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    Arc de Triumphe

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 11, 2013

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    Inaugurated in 1836, The Arc honors the French soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It is a huge structure, immediately recognizable at the end of the Champs Elysses.

    On it are inscribed the great battles won and the significant soldiers.

    If you want an excellent view of Paris, the viewing balcony at the Arc is one of the better ones.

    The Arc de Triomphe is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from April 1 to Sept. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Oct. 1 to March 31. A full-price ticket costs euro9 (US$13).

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    View from the Arc de Thiumphe

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 11, 2013

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    If you go to the viewing platform, the view from the Arc is magnificent!. Save yourself some money, skip the top of Eiffel Tower.

    To get to the viewing platform you will have to pay 9 euro. When I went it was free on the Paris Card. There is a small museum with history of the construction of the Arch, which can safely be skipped unless you have an burning interest in it.

    You then go up the stairs. There is now an elevator so you don't have to struggle with all those stairs anymore! The view from the terrace is magnificent!

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    ARC DE TRIOMPHE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    AT the top of the Arc De Triomphe, is a Museum. We watched a video about historical events before we viewed the rest of the museum. Plenty of photographs, statues, fascinating facts on its history and other displays to do with arch were on display. Only a small Museum, but quite an interesting one. There is a shop at the top too!

    OPEN...
    1st April to 30th September: 10.00 – 23.00
    1st October to 31st March: 10.00 – 22.30
    Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

    THE ENTRY FEE ON 9 euros includes admission to the Museum

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    THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Here I am at the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous Monuments in Paris.
    It was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon as a tribute to his own military achievements. It wasn't completed until 1836, by that time, Napoleon had been ousted!.

    The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime and honours armies of the Revolution. The names of less important victories, as well as those of 558 generals, can be found on the inside walls.
    On the outside walls of the Arc de Triomphe, are many carvings and statues, including the scultpture "La Marseillaise", in which a winged figure of Liberty is calling the French to defend their nation. Around the top of the Arch are the names of major victories won during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. .

    When I stood beside the Arch, I realized just how huge it was, 49.5metres to be exact.

    Did you know it is so massive that after World War I had ended, and a few weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919, Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it!

    So there it sits, in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the border of the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissement, an enormous arch where thousands of tourist's come each year to see and will continue to do so.
    Here stands one of the greatest arches in history.

    To reach the Arch, DO NOT TRY AND CROSS THE ROAD, USE ONE OF THE UNDERPASSES!

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    TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2013

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    Where-ever I am in the World, I find the Tomb of the unknown Soldier an extremely, sad and moving moment. Here, at the Arc De Triomphe was no different. Fresh wreaths lay beside the The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at The Arc de Triomphe.
    It was November 11, 1920, after World War I, when an unknown soldier was buried under the Arc itself. The slab on top carries the inscription ici repose un soldat Français mort pour la patrie 1914 - 1918 ("Here lies a French soldier who died for his fatherland").
    It was here, in 1961, where Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F.Kennedy, of the United States of America, were accompanied by French President Charles de Gaulle when they paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    The eternal flame was burning, it has only ever been been extinguished once, when a drunken fan of the Mexican national football team urinated on the flame - he was subsequently arrested and charged with public intoxication!
    Many parades and ceremonies are held at the Arc de Triomphe

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    OBSERVATION DECK @ ARC DE TRIOMPHE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Before we came to Paris, it was decided to see the views from here, rather than the Eiffel Tower. It was a decision we didn't regret.
    We bought our tickets [it isn't free] and then saw the steps to the top, 234 I have since found out. Oh no! How was my husband going to climb those steep steps, he would, but he would be suffering afterwards.
     Then we noticed the Elevator. The sign said 'FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T MANAGE THE STEPS
    What a great idea, so don't be put off coming here!
    In the small, slow elevator, we made our way to the top and to the viewing platform. We both agreed the views from here were breath-taking! We could see La Defense, the Champs-Elysees and the Sacre-Coeur, the last I was very happy to see, as I knew we didn't have time to go there.

    Wondering how to get here without being run over by a car or Bus. Take one of the underpasses that will bring you out at the Arch!

    OPEN EVERY DAY FROM..1 April to 30 September : 10 am to 11 pm
    1 October to 31 March : 10 am to 10:30 pm // Last admission 30 mins before closing
    Prices : Adults: 9.5 euros Concessions 6 euros
    Free entry to under 18 year-olds (accompanied by the family or without a school group)

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    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon I at the peak of his fortunes.

    Laying the foundations alone took two years, and in 1810 when Napoleon entered Paris from the west with his bride Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, he had a wooden mock-up of the completed arch constructed.

    The architect Jean Chalgrin died in 1811, and the work was taken over by Huyon. During the Restoration, construction was halted and would not be completed until the reign of King Louis-Philippe, in 1833–36.

    The monument stands 49.5 metres (165 ft) in height, 45 metres (148 ft) wide and 22 meters (72 ft) deep. It is the second largest triumphal arch, inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

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    The other six avenues (north side)

    by Nemorino Updated Feb 19, 2013

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    From the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue de la Grande Armée leads off roughly to the west-northwest towards La Defense. This avenue, which was named after Napoléon’s large army, is practically the continuation of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

    Avenue Carnot is a shorter avenue which goes off to the northwest. There have been several prominent people named Carnot, such as the physicist and military engineer Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796-1832) and his nephew Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837-1894), who was president of France from 1887 until his assassination in 1894.

    Avenue Mac-Mahon goes off in a more northerly direction. It was named after Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duc de Magenta, a French general (of Irish ancestry) who served as Chief of State of France from 1873 to 1875 and as the first president of the Third Republic from 1875 to 1879.

    Avenue de Wagram leads off more or less to the northeast. It was named after a battle that took place in Austria in 1809 and was of course a French victory, otherwise they wouldn’t have named the avenue after it. (You may have noticed that in Paris there is no street, avenue, square or boulevard named Waterloo. Not even an impasse.)

    Avenue Hoche goes northeast to Parc Monceau, with Sacré-Coeur visible in the distance on a hill off to the right. This avenue was named after Louis Lazare Hoche (1768–1797), who was a general in the French Revolutionary Army.

    Avenue de Friedland goes off roughly to the west. Friedland was the site of a battle (what else?) in 1807, in which Napoléon’s army defeated a Russian army in East Prussia. In the photo, Sacré-Coeur is visible on the hill off to the left.

    Next review from June 2012: Musée de l’Orangerie

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    Six of the twelve avenues (south side)

    by Nemorino Updated Feb 19, 2013

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    From the Arc de Triomphe there are twelve major avenues that radiate out in twelve directions. That is why the location was originally called L’Étoile (The Star) – now Place Charles de Gaulle-Étoile.

    The best known of these twelve avenues is the Avenue des Champs-Elysées (Avenue of the Elysian Fields, the paradise of Greek mythology, where the souls of virtuous and heroic people went after they died). The Avenue des Champs-Elysées leads off to the southeast, towards the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.

    Going around clockwise from the Champs-Elysées, the next avenue is the Avenue Marceau (second photo), which leads off in a more southerly direction, towards the Montparnasse Tower.

    Avenue Iéna, in the same photo, goes off towards Place d’Iéna and the Eiffel Tower.

    Avenue Kléber (third photo) goes off to the south-southeast, with the Eiffel Tower still visible at the left side of the photo. This avenue was named after a general of the French army, Jean Baptiste Kléber (1753–1800).

    Avenue Victor Hugo (fourth photo) leads off to the southeast. It was named of course after the great nineteenth century author who wrote Notre-Dame de Paris 1482, among many other works.

    Avenue Foch, with its wide light brown gravelly sidewalks (fifth photo), goes off in an easterly direction towards the woods called Bois de Boulogne. This avenue was named after another general, Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929).

    Next review from June 2012: The other six avenues (north side)

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    From the top of the Arc de Triomphe

    by Nemorino Updated Feb 19, 2013

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    To get up here, you first have to find the entrance to the pedestrian tunnel, which is on the even-numbered side of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Do not try to cross the traffic circle at ground level, because you won’t make it alive. It’s not like in Vietnam, where the drivers are aware of pedestrians and will swerve to miss them.

    Admission to the Arc de Triomphe currently (as of 2012) costs 8 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for students aged 18 to 25. But a lot of people can get in for free, for instance everybody up to age 17 and people under 26 who are citizens of one of the twenty-seven countries of the European Union or are non-European residents of France. Also the Arc de Triomphe is included in the Paris Museum Pass so if you have one of those you don’t have to queue up at the ticket office at the base of the arch.

    To get to the top you have to walk up the usual winding staircase, but it’s easier than most because there are two staircases, one for going up and one for going down, so the ascenders and the descenders don’t keep blocking each other’s way. There is an elevator aka lift which was out of order when I was there. I’m told it is usually out of order except when they do special tours for disabled people, in which case it miraculously starts working again. (Perhaps someone who has had experience with this can say more?) In any case, the elevator only goes up to the next-to-highest level, where the souvenir shop is, not directly up to the top.

    From the top you have marvelous views in all directions, like this one of the Eiffel Tower (first photo) with the Avenue d’Iéna off to the left and a mysterious greened building on the right.

    Other things you can see from the top of the arch include the Louvre (second photo), the Grand Palais (third photo) and of course the twelve avenues that radiate out from the arch in all directions (fourth photo). All around the viewing platform there are fences (fifth photo) which prevent you from falling off while still not impeding your view.

    Next review from June 2012: Six of the twelve avenues (south side)

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    Paris from the top of the Arc De Triomphe

    by virtualtanielle Written Feb 18, 2013

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    Enjoyed my visit to the Arc De Triomphe, although I am not sure I would particularily love to climb all those steps again, but it is definitely one of my top 10 things to do in Paris. What was amazing was the view, really illustrates the fantastic town planning of the city, which is what makes it different from other high point. Was pleasantly suprised by the modern technology on the upper level of the Arc, specifally the 3D rotating model that lets your focus in and learn in more detail about the works of art on the building. There are toilets and seats to have a bit of rest from the cold or the steps and a lovely jam-packed souveniers shop.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Lying beneath the Arc de Triumphe are the remains of an unknown French soldier from World War I. He was interred on Armistice Day 1920 and is honored on November 11 every year. A soldier from World War II was subsequently added.

    The original idea was to inter the unknown soldier at the Pantheon, but somehow this seemed far more appropriate. I like to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier when i visit other countries, just as a sign of respect for the sacrifices soldiers make.

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    L'Arc de Triomphe

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    The arch and the place Charles-de-Gaulle which surrounds it, together form one of Paris' most famous landmarks. Twelve avenues radiate from the arch which explains why it is also called place de l'Etoile (etoile=star).

    The arch commemorates Nepolean's victories, evoking at the same time imperial glory and the fate of the Unknown Solider, whose tomb lies beneath. A remberance ceremony is held here every year on the 11th of November.

    If you decide to climb to the top of the arch,you will be rewarded with some excellent views of the Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower. There is a small museum detailing construction of the arch as well as other significant information.

    Currently the fee to visit the top of the Arc is 9€ for Adults for more information about operating hours and group fees, check out their website.

    This is one of the landmarks covered with the Museum Pass.

    Arc view from Champs E'lysse A night time view of the impressive structure One of the friezes on the arch Champs Elyesse Sacre Coure and Montmartre in the distance
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    Arc de Triomphe

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 18, 2012

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    The Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris.
    The arch is at the top of a hill in the center of the huge area of the Star - Etual. The area is named so because of 12 largest arteries of city miss. Now it has another name - Charles's de Gaulle Square. Napoleon started to build an arch in 1806 in honour of the Great Army . The construction was finished in 1836. The prototype of an arch was Konstantin's Arch in Rome, but Arc de Triomphe surpassed its sizes and magnificence. It has almost square form - height of 50 meters, width - 45 meters.

    Unlike the Roman arch, it has only one flight, width of 15 meters that shelfs could pass under the Arch. Arches is decorated by huge bas-reliefs, each of which represents any fragment of history of France. The bas-relief "Marseillaise" which represents a campaign of volunteers in 1792 is most known. The basic victories of Napoleon are embodied in the top bas-reliefs, and on sculptural boards names of great battles are engraved.

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    Arc de Triomphe Eternal Flame Ceremony

    by riorich55 Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    The last time we were in Paris in 2008 we took a couple of pictures of the Arc de Triomphe from afar and rode a taxi about 3/4 of the way around. This time we decided to get a little better up close and personal look.

    We arrived about 6:15 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and saw a gathering of military personnel and some bands. At 6:30 p.m. a ceremony started which we soon discovered is the daily Eternal Flame Ceremony. The flame is burning in memory of all the unknown soldiers from both WWI and WWII and probably other wars that the French have fought in as well.

    The ceremony started on November 11, 1923 and has been held every day, even during the German occupation of Paris during WWII, since then.

    From other information I have found it is the first eternal flame in both Western and Eastern Europe, since the Vestal Virgin's flame was extinguished in the 4th Century. The flame also served as the inspiration behind the eternal flame which is at the grave of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C.

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