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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 #27 of 735 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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Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We visited on a very warm July evening, so by the time we climbed the 200 plus stairs to the top, we were hot and winded...but it was so worth it. The view was magnificent! We had pre-purchased tickets which was a great thing since we had a much shorter wait to get in...I definitely recommend doing that. While we... More

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Rotonda West, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Great views from the top. Well worth the climb by steps. Getting to the access point on Av de la Grande Armee is a start! Free for all kids under 18!!!! Good value. Worth looking at dates and places on memorials at ground level. "lest we forget".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I visited the Arc de Triomphe in the middle of July, on a day that was not particularly warm nor cold and I must say that it was a fantastic experience. There were a lot of steep and narrow steps, however I think that it was well worth the climb... I LOVED being able to see all of the beautiful... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you can, visit at dusk and climb to the top. It's a lot of steps but it is worth it. You can see Paris as the light fades and then the night lights switch on. The Champs Elysees is beautiful seen from above at night, and you have a clear view of the Eiffel Tower.

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Lake District
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Eventually we figured out how to get underneath the Étoile de Charles de Gaulle and onto the island. An impressive structure with intricate carvings. Stunning evening views from the top, but bear in mind, lots of steps and no lifts! We saw the lighting of the flame to the Unknown Soldier when we came down.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

From the outside standpoint this this was MASSIVE. Movies, pictures and descriptions do not give it justice. It is definitely a place to see. The lines to get to the top were too long so we decided to skip it this time around. The shopping areas are close so we ventured there.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

the sculptures and engraving is amazing. i didnt go to the top but the view from the bottom was good and i enjoyed seeing the changing of the guards at the eternal flame.

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Rehovot, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

When you go under the arc you feel the power of it. It is very recommended to know a bit of its history to understand the power of the attraction. Very nice place to take some pictures and learn about the Napoleon period and after. WWII.

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great view of Paris from this monument. A worth watch. No lifts and you need to climb steep and narrow steps. People having difficulty of climbing may have to avoid.

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Impressing arch in the middle of Paris, just looking at it I can not imagine how long that could be finish, to get there you must go under the tunnel located at the sides of the round about, after crossing the tunnel you will get there in few minutes. Just be careful for the steps as they are a bit... More

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