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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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Must see · Monument · Architectural Building
One of the city’s most famous monuments, Arc de Triomphe honors those who died fighting in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and consists of four main sculptures. This location also marks the central spot where the avenues radiate out of Place de l'Étoile. See the names of French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Inside the monument, you can view a permanent exhibit conceived by artist Maurice Benayoun and architect Christophe Girault exploring the symbolism of this and other national monuments in regards to war and peace. Beneath its vault lies the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" from World War I. Our Paris online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Arc de Triomphe and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Arc is iconic Paris. You simply cannot skip it. It is so photogenic, and twelve avenues bring you to it. I walked from Eiffel to Arc in about 20 minutes. Absolutely stupendous.  more »
  • I get emotional every time I read Charles de Gaulle's 1940 speech (France is not alone. We are not alone . . . )  more »
  • Definitely worth going up to the terrace. The staircase is a spiral staircase, but absolutely doable even for people who aren’t too fit. Try to go right before the sun sets, so you can enjoy the view of the city in daylight, followed by a breathtaking sunset and then you should most definitely stick around for a while to then watch the first Eiffel Tower light show of the night.
  • Many would say that this is the best place to view the Eiffel Tower. After climbing 284 steps, you not only get a great panoramic view of the city, but also the Eiffel Tower from an ideal height of around 50 meters above ground level. The best time to climb the tower is an hour before sunset as you get to see the Eiffel Tower glow in the dark blue sky.

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