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Arc de Triomphe

Place de l'Etoile, 75008 Paris, France
01 55 37 73 77
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Ranked #29 of 762 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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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This monument impresses by its sheer size. Originally commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate the victories of French troops under his command, it was begun in 1806, but was only finally completed between 1833 and 1836. It now commemorates French soldiers fallen in battle during all past wars. An eternal flame burns at the tomb of the unknown soldier at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Climbing up the Arc is tedious. Even if you exercise regularly, you will find this climb a challenge. There is no lift. Go in the evening when the sun is about to set. It will be cooler and your stay at the top of the Arc will be pleasant. From the top, you can view Paris at all angles. Highly... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

One of the many Grand sites in Paris. It is a wonderful imposing feature at the end of this grand Avenue. Difficult to get a great photo with all the crowds around but if you pick your moment you can.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views from the top, especially of the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful sunset views and nice place to watch Paris nightlife come alive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Easy access and not so crowded. Easy to get views from many angles. Historically significant. A must see landmark. Should be able to knock it out in 10-15 minutes.

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Jamestown, null, Saint Helena
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Although advised against it I did feel determined to drive around it. Hire cars do have a sort of force field that protects them from other vehicles. The manners of the other road users and the organisation were akin to the Easy Jet check-in at Gatwick airport, an experience we have promised ourselves we will never endure again. On the... More

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Dunoon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Extremely busy place with the Arc de Triomphe at it's centre, breathtaking views across all of Paris once you have climbed the 250+ stairs to the observation deck.

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Pori, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Nice view to every direction. One can see Champs Elysee as well as plenty of nice Parisian roof tops and of course Eiffel tower. It takes some time to climb almost 300 steps up.

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Belmont, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

In a bus group so 10 minutes is all the time we had. A few photos were done. Stayed outside the road roundabout which in itself is real show. Imagine 7 to 8 lanes of unmarked cobblestone road with all the traffic mayhem. Fun watching it but as a driver here your hair would turn grey pronto. The building itself... More

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The Arc de Triomphe is such an iconic structure and it was thrilling to finally see it in person! It is much larger than I had imagined and the architecture and detail is amazing! There is so much history here and it really is a must see while in Paris, both during the day and at night.

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