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 Sightseeing in Paris

The Arc de Triomph The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe (arch of triumph) was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 , in honour of his imperial armies. But the arch was officially inaugurated only 30 years later, during the reign of the last French king, Louis Philippe. This great arch stands tall at the upper end of the famous avenue, Champs Elysées.

The structure is totally decorated with unique sculptures. The names of the Napoleon's generals are engraved on the walls. The French are quite proud of this structure as it symbolises respect paid for the war soldiers.

A souvenir flame has been burning from as far back as 1923, as a commemoration of the war martyrs.. The annual Bastille day parade is held at this venue every year. It also offers a panoramic view of Paris from its top.

Place du Général de Gaulle
75008 Paris
Tél. : +33 (1)


Opening hours
10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. between 1 October and 31 March
9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. between 1 April and 30 September
Closed on public holidays

Entrance fees
Standard : 40 FF / 6.10 euros
Special rates : 25 FF / 3.80 euros


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