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Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 55 37 73 77
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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If you get the chance go instide. As a warning there are alot of stairs but worth it once you get to the top.

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This was very interesting because I knew the Tour De France race finishes up here. Also a very nice monument with beautiful stone work

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you get the chance go instide. As a warning there are alot of stairs but worth it once you get to the top.

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Costs 12 euros to go to the top but worth it. Great views of Paris in all directions. Very interesting display inside at the gift shop level giving the history of the Arc from the beginnings to now. NOTE: Be warned. You have to walk up a couple of hundred stairs. Although there is a lift for the "infirm", it... More 

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Having been to Paris over 5 times in the past 12 months this monument always has a different side show.

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Just an arch, innit. Not denying that the architecture is magnificent and the scale of it is mind-blowing. But yeah. Just a big 'U'

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This well-known and highly recognised symbol of Paris is easily viewed from any number of promenades that lead off it's axis, but the real beauty can only be seen close up. We visited the Arc at night with children and went through a tunnel under the road to access the centre of the roundabout where it sits. The Paris all-access... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the climb! Nice details on the arc. Nice view on the whole city even though the weather was grey. One part windy which made spectacular photos!

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Beautiful Arc de Triomphe. The traffic around the Arc is crazy. No lanes to divide the traffic. Both the Arc and the crazy round about are well worth a visit. It's an honour to visit this piece of history.

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Very scenic place. We took a lot of pics. Some people went in the middle of the road to take pics. It's a busy road so be sure to look both ways and be safe

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Wouldn't recommend climbing the arc if you're unfit - it's a lot of stairs, but the view from the top is awesome! Walking around underneath is also spectacular.

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