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Arc de Triomphe

Place de l'Etoile, 75008 Paris, France
01 55 37 73 77
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As featured in 3 days in Paris
Ranked #26 of 692 attractions in Paris
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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, the monument combines the commemorative with the symbolic and it has always played a major role in the national republican consciousness. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War. An exhibition portrays the history and explains its symbolic importance, nationally as well as internationally. The terrace provides superb views both by day and night across the city and its great sweeping avenues.-Opening hours : April to September: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; October to March: from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.-Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July (morning), 11th November (morning), 25th December-Entry fees: Adults = 9,5 €; Concessions = 6 €; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Maybe I'm just out of shape, but the hike to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was HARD! Add that to the high admission cost (think it was 10Euro/person) and I was beginning to wonder whether or not going inside the Arc was worth it... but then, you step out onto the rooftop and WOW!! Best view in Paris,... More

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Arc de Triomphe is another monument to those that fought in a war. Taking nothing away from the dignity of the area, it is best viewed, in my opinion from across the street, where you can enjoy the grandeur. I feel that, with the location of the Tomb of the Unknown located there, it should be a more solemn... More

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Madrid, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

It's a really lovely structure, and you get a great view at the top, but it's really not worth the 9.50 euros you pay just to go up to get a view. Also, right now half of it is closed off so you only get to see half the view for the full price. If you're 25 or under you... More

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West Chester, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We had the Paris Pass and came right on through this monument. The biggest issue was to actually get to the Arc. You must find the underground access prior to the monument as the traffic is horrible around this location. Once inside, it is not very clear as to how to gain entry, but once you make it to the... More

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A great place to visit and I really enjoyed coming to this very iconic landmark in the city of Paris. It was very accessible via the metro, and was just a short distance from the stop location of the metro to the Arc. The landmark itself doesn't have an admission or entrance fee if you're just looking at the Arc... More

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South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Apart from the traffic around it, a place of contemplation, and very emotional if you are of a certain age. The tomb of the unknown soldier is an emotive memorial when combined with all the recorded history around the arch.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We walked around the Arc during the day and evening, its much nicer in the evening and quieter! We also went to the top, the only issue was that half the Arc was covered in scafolding, there were still some nice views. Be warned the trip up is a long slog and if you have been walking all day give... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You definitely want to walk down the total length of the Champs, stop at the Arc and just soak up the beautiful place

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Lancashire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

At this moment in time I do not feel that the Arc is worth the trip. I have been up before but my mum who came with me to Paris this time had not so we decided to give it a go. Unfortunately half of the Arc is closed so from the top you only get a one sided view-... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I love visiting the Arc de Triomphe when I visit Paris. It's located at the beginning of the Champs-Elysées and is definitely a sight to see. Under the Arc lies the tomb of the unknown soldier and listed on the underside of the arc are the names of the men who were lost in battle. The best time is to... More

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