The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile stands in the centre of the place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs Elysées and is one of the most famous monuments in Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile stands in the centre of the place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs Elysées and is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The monument honours all those who fought and died for France during both the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, witht the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
A seminal symbol of both Paris and France as a whole, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the city's best known and most visited monuments. Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, the arch is the world's biggest triumphal arch and a trip to the top affords spectacular views of the Champs Elysées and the surrounding area. On the way up to the terrace, you will pass through the exhibition rooms, where the interactive permanent exhibition gives an overview of the defining moments in French history, and also the history of the arch and of other triumphal arches around the world. Before you leave, be sure to visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier located underneath the arch. This poignant tribute commemorates those who died in the two world wars last century.
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Open daily. 1 April - 30 September, 10.00 - 23.00; 1 October - 31 March, 10.00 - 22.30
Free admission for Children under 18, 18-26 year-olds who don't reside in the EU, disabled visitors and their carers.