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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 788 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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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It is truly a massive sight to see in person. There is a underground passage way that takes you safely from the north side of the roundabout under the busy street and to the base of the Arc. This is a memorial to France's fallen, there is a underground tomb of the unknown soldier. A sight that you really do... More

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Having driven around the Arc de Triumph a few times times in buses , I had always wanted to find my own way under the round about and climb to see the view. Was so pleased that seniors could access a lift, with just another 48 steps to climb. Was so impressed with the history and the story available from... More

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We reached the arc in time to watch the daily ceremony at 6.30pm where a full marching band and a group of veterans and families come together to rekindle the flame of remembrance. The arc itself is huge and the architectural details are superb. The spiral staircase was really narrow, about 280 steps. Near the top, they have an interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We drove down this famous street in the evening and were not disappointed. The amazing 'ruby and diamond' head and tail lights of cars glistening and the pure beauty of this street was gobsmacking!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Breathtaking 360 degree views of Paris from the top of the building. Architecture from the outside and inside is beyond impressive. Historical significance will keep the history buffs interested. Price is very fair too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I was keen to climb the Arc de Triumph after seeing it on a Big Bus tour of Paris. It is indeed an impressive monument but the view from the top is really stunning. It is unbelievable to observe the melee of traffic encircling the Arc and to see the constant traffic moving along the Champs Elysee. The views out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The intricate detail of the Tower itself is stunning but the real highlight is in climbing to the viewing deck. I wasn't able to get to the top deck of the Eiffel Tower as it was closed the day that I was there, but the Arc De Triomphe seemed a good alternative. I certainly wasn't disappointed. The views of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

If you want to walk to the top of the Triomphe, ensure that you are ready for a winding trip up to the top. But I must say it is well worth the walk up!! We did it just after sunset on a warm October day and weren't disappointed. There was a bit of a crowd at 8pm as people... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Great arc on the lovely Champs-Elysees. This is a great area to walk around, shop, lunch in street cafes and just enjoy the beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Yes I climbed the Eiffel tower but in my opinion being able to see the Eiffel tower as a part of the Paris skyline was better. Great photo opportunities once you climb the 220 odd stairs to the top.

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