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.
The Arc de Triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée. Inspired by the great arches of antiquity, this iconic monument bears the names of battles and generals from the Revolution and the First Empire (1804-15). Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night up the Avenue des Champs Elysées and across the city.