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Arc de Triomphe Paris Visitor Guide

Paris Arc de Triomphe

This 164-foot monument called romantically the Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon to commemorate his military victories. On the Arc’s sides are sculptures by François Rude, such as The Departure of the Volunteers in 1792 (a.k.a. La Marseillaise), to the right of the arch when viewed from the Champs-Élysées. Names of Napoléon’s generals are inscribed on the stone facades—the underlined names identify the hallowed figures who died in battle. Regarding the traffic circle around the Arc, it’s known locally as L’Étoile” (Star), since 12 avenues stem from it in star-like fashion.

Visitors can go to the Arc de Triomphe’s upper level for a panoramic view of the city from there. Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm (April 1st – September 30th); 10:00 am – 10:30 pm (October 1st – March 31st). Admission: €9.50 (Adult); Children (18 and under) (Free); EU citizens, and non-European permanent residents of France (Free)

Where? – Pl. Charles de Gaulle, Champs Élysées, Paris

Metro: Étoile – (brings you right out at the Arc de Triomphe)