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Arc de Triomphe

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Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 55 37 73 77
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napoleon I to...
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
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The Arc!

It was really cool to walk over. It was really big and cool. I didn't go to the top, but the bottom was still cool.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It was really cool to walk over. It was really big and cool. I didn't go to the top, but the bottom was still cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A trip up the Champs-Élysées or any of the other 11 roads that lead to this grandest of grand monuments in Paris will bring you to one of the most chaotic roundabouts anywhere in the world. So many ways to enjoy the Arc of Triomphe, watching, walking, driving, and climbing. Just get there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Hadn't realized you could climb to the top of the monument and what wonderful views from the top. Reasonably priced too!! If you're visiting the Arc de Triomhe it's well worth the effort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Walked from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe and it was well worth it to see. The architecture is magnificent. Unfortunately we couldn't climb to the top on this occasion but definitely next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I went to Paris in may of 2014, even though there was construction on part of the landmark it was so beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We visited at 8 pm on a wet and windy night, but even then it was worth it for the views! There are a lot of stairs, but (secret) there is a small lift! it is quite moving to stand by the flame of the Unknown Soldier with the huge French flag swaying above your head at the base, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

As a child I was told off for getting too close to the eternal flame manhole. This is a great monument, how fitting for the TdF to circle here on the last day.. What a rubbish road surface.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A historical landmark that shouldn't be missed...looks very similar to the one in Vientiane, spiral staircase to the top a bit dizzying...lots of people at the top , be careful of belongings, went on a hot and clear day making panoramic view of Paris even more blistering... be mindful of traffic when crossing the street to take photos ... once... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I started our trip to Paris with an evening visit to the Arc de Triomphe. At the base of the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Each evening at 6:30pm there is a short ceremony in which the eternal flame is rekindled. We arrived just in time to watch this. Afterwards we climbed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I last went to Paris during the holidays of 2014. I had photographed the Arc de Triomphe before, but I hadn't been to the top. I went on the first Sunday of December when many attractions are free. I happened to go during a lull (around 3:30 PM) and there wasn't a line; the problem was the lift wasn't working,... More 

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Champs-Elysees
This area is characterized by its namesake avenue which extends northwest from the Louvre to the modern business district, punctuated by the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Grand embassies stand among impressive offices and presidential palaces; architecture from 19th century Universal Exhibitions, homes, art galleries, and 19th century streets designed by Baron Haussmann flank haute-couture boutiques. This neighborhood never rests, buzzing with visitors from around the world at all times of day and night, all within a stone's throw of the Seine.