The Arc de Triomphe reopens

Published by Laurent P., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Updated on 17 May 2021 at 15h08 · Published on 17 May 2021 at 14h47
Iconic monument of the Champs-Elysées sitting on the Place de l’Etoile, the Arc de Triomphe closed over the coronavirus epidemic. This symbol of Paris reopens from May 19, 2021!

In Paris, life is coming back. Since French President Emmanuel Macron announced the lockdown exit scheme, the verdict has been given for monuments and museums in France: they are allowed to reopen from May 19, 2021. As for monuments, they are busy working on the reopening... This is the case of the Arc de Triomphe reopening from this Wednesday...

This iconic monument standing at the other end of the Champs-Elysées, expects you all again to take you on a journey through time, discovering its story and the story of Paris. A building designed by architect Jean-François Chalgrin inspired by the Roman Titus Arch, with a unique arch, standing out with its exceptional size: about 50-m high, 45-m long, and 22-m wide, and with no columns. Born from Napoleon I's will, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by Louis-Philippe dedicating it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire.

During this long lockdown, this arch erected to celebrate Napoleon I's army's victories has set at the beginning of an avenue emptied out, free of Parisians and tourists. A never-before-seensituation for the avenue said to be the most beautiful avenue in the world.

As Paris streets are lively again, the monument sees passersby back on the world's most beautiful avenue. If stores reopened and terraces are said to welcome patrons again, the reopening of the Arc de Triomphe is coming in conditions fitting to the health recommendations.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 19 May 2021



    Place Charles-de-Gaulle
    75008 Paris 8

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