The Arc de Triomphe, the emblematic monument at the top of the Champs-Élysées

Published by Manon de Sortiraparis, Laurent de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on November 23th, 2023 at 01:31 a.m.
The Arc de Triomphe, the emblematic monument on the Champs-Élysées that sits at the center of the Place de l'Étoile, is a must-see on your visit to Paris!

TheArc de Triomphe, aniconic Parisian land mark that sits atop the Champs-Élysées on the legendary Place de l'Etoile, invites you to step back in time and discover its history and the history of Paris.

Designed by architect Jean-François Chalgrin, the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by the single-archedRoman Arch of Titus, but departed from it in exceptional dimensions - around 50 m high, 45 m long and 22 m wide - and the abandonment of columns.

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Born of Napoleon I's wishes, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and Empire. Initially planned "at the entrance to the boulevards, near where the Bastille used to be, so that on entering the faubourg Saint-Antoine one would pass under this triumphal arch", it was finally erected on the Place de l'Etoile .

The Arc de Triomphe was finally inaugurated on July 29, 1836, for the sixth anniversary of the Trois Glorieuses. Originally, a grand military review was planned for the inauguration, in the presence of Louis-Philippe. But in the end, he decided to organize a grand banquet for 300 guests, while the monument was gradually unveiled to the Parisian people!

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Today, it's possible to walk beneath the Arc de Triomphe, where the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located, as well as climb to its summit. Fancy a visit?

Practical info:

Opening hours:
April 1 to September 30 10am - 11pm
October 1 to March 31 10am - 10:30pm

Free access to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Annual closures on January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.
Due to official ceremonies or adverse weather conditions, the Arc de Triomphe may be partially or totally closed as an exceptional measure.

Admission:
13€ Full
Free for under-18s, 18-25s from the European Union, disabled persons, jobseekers and holders of the Education pass.

Access:
Access to the monument is via the Passage du Souvenir, at the top of avenue des Champs-Élysées or avenue de la Grande-Armée.

Metro lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A, Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile station.
Bus lines 22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus.

By bike:
Vélib' stations rue Arsène Houssaye, avenue Hoche, rue Beaujon, rue Balzac and rue Traktir.

By car:
From outside Paris: exit at Porte Maillot and avenue de la Grande-Armée or exit at Porte Dauphine and avenue Foch.

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Every evening, under the Arc de Triomphe, you can attend a free, silent ceremony in tribute to the soldiers who died for France. At 6.30pm, the Flamme de la Nation, on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is rekindled to burn endlessly. [Read more]

Practical information

Location

Place Charles-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris 8

Accessibility info

Access
Charles de Gaule Etoile metro station

Official website
www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr

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